Sports Sorry Zizou, but it's time to worry about Real Madrid after another shambolic Champions League loss to Shakhtar Donetsk

23:51  01 december  2020
23:51  01 december  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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 Is Gladbach taking a big step? Borussia Mönchengladbach can improve the starting position with a win against Donetsk. Alassane Plea could return. © Provided by sport1.de Is Gladbach taking a big step? Will Borussia Mönchengladbach take the next step towards the round of 16 in the Champions League? Coach Marco Rose's team will face Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday ( 6:55 p.m .: Borussia Mönchengladbach - Shakhtar Donetsk in LIVETICKER ). The foal eleven won the first leg 6-0.

And it was another quick counterattack that carved Madrid open yet again, with Solomon driving from inside It ' s a real pity about this because we didn't deserve to lose here. Now it ' s time to believe." Real has never failed to qualify for the knockout stages of a Champions League campaign in 24

Shakhtar Donetsk beat Real Madrid for the second time this season, this time on home soil thanks to two second half goals from Dentinho and Manor Real Madrid player ratings vs Shakhtar Donetsk : Varane taking away more than he is giving. Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Real Madrid - Champions Leagu

The cracks in Zinedine Zidane's usually stoic demeanour in press conferences began to show last Saturday week.

"Don't you guys worry," he told reporters after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Liga rivals Villarreal. "Carry on with what you are doing and I will keep on working."

The frustration was understandable. Zidane is the man that led Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles. He deserves time, and respect.

However, the Madrid-based press pack are entitled to worry; the club's fans even more so. Since snapping at concerned journalists on November 21, Madrid's performances have only worsened.

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They may have triumphed at Inter last week but that game was gifted to them by the stupidity of Arturo Vidal, who earned himself a senseless first-half red card for dissent.

On Saturday, Madrid were beaten at home by mid-table Alaves, meaning the Spanish title holders have now gone three games without a win in La Liga.

Now they've suffered an even more devastating defeat, losing 2-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk, leaving their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League last 16 hanging in the balance.

Zidane may well claim that Madrid had more of the ball and created more chances but such excuses just won't cut it.

Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos were significant absentees but a club of Real's resources shouldn't be relying on two players to defeat this version of Shakhtar. Remember, the Ukrainians hadn't scored a Champions League goal since winning in Madrid on matchday one.

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REAL MADRID were stunned in Kiev as Shakhtar Donetsk blew open Group B with victory. The 13 time winners have been incredibly inconsistent both domestically and in Europe. 9 - Real Madrid have conceded nine goals in five Champions League group stage games this season, their worst

Shakhtar Donetsk are the Champions League 's miraculous refugee club who continue to thrive Shakhtar have not played in Donetsk since 2014 after Russia's de-facto invasion But they won the Ukrainian Premier League last season for the third time running It ’ s a great stadium and we have great fans we can’t do anything about it. We are not supported

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They'd also been thoroughly humiliated by Borussia Monchengladbach in their last two games, losing 6-0 at home to the Germans and 4-0 away. Yet Madrid, with Karim Benzema back in the starting line-up, carried very little attacking threat at the Kiev Olympic Stadium.

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Truth to be told, once they conceded, they never really looked like recovering. In fact, there was a certain inevitability about Shakhtar punishing them again on the break.

Madrid's arguably surprising Liga triumph last season was founded upon excellent defending but, as recent results have underlined, if you take Sergio Ramos out of the back four, the Spanish champions are always prone to collapse.

Certainly, Raphael Varane looks utterly lost without his central defensive partner and the World Cup winner was again found wanting for Dentinho's 57th-minute opener in Ukraine.

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 Donetsk still traps Real © Provided by Sofoot Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Real Madrid Goals: Dentinho (57th) and Solomon (82nd) ​​ In big trouble. Too limited offensively, Real Madrid once again concedes defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk and finds themselves out of the qualifying places on the eve of the last day of this group stage. The reception of Borussia M'Gladbach, in a week, promises to be hot. Real Madrid attacked however the meeting foot to the floor, but Isco found the post on a delicious serve from Karim Benzema.

“It was another really impressive performance against a strong opponent in the Champions League . 66 mins Man City 3 Shakhtar 0. A rare attack by the visitors but it ' s not really that much to shout home Shakhtar Donetsk 's Andriy Pyatov reacts after referee Viktor Kassai (not pictured)

After conceding 10 goals in just two games against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Shakhtar Donetsk have shocked Champions League record-holders Real Madrid on matchday 5. But it was all square after the first 45 minutes. Then 12 minutes into the second half Shakhtar opened the scoring.

The use of Lucas Vazquez at right-back was also exposed as folly by another substitute, Manor Solomon, who was allowed to cut inside far too easily before firing past Thibaut Courtois.

That Vazquez was vulnerable was hardly a surprise. His unsuitability to the role was highlighted by Madrid legend Predrag Mijatovic after the Alaves loss, with the Serb openly questioning Zidane's tactics.

“He must fix the situation but this begins when you prepare for the match,” the 1998 Champions League hero told Cadena SER. “You should know that Alaves’ three forward players are their strength.

“So, if you have Lucas Vazquez, who was more advanced against Inter, when he played a good game, you can’t put him as a full-back because you have (Eder) Militao who could play there.

"I don’t know what’s happened to that kid because he doesn’t play either as a centre-back or a full-back. So, then you have Lucas Vazquez as your full-back, with Marco Asensio in front of him, when you know that Asensio can’t help him as much as any other player.”

Whether Zidane likes it or not, there will be another public inquest after the Shakhtar setback, which now means that Real will likely have to better the Ukrainians result on matchday six to reach the knockout stage.

He admitted at the weekend that he had "no explanation" for Madrid's rotten run of form. He needs to find an answer fast, though, because the difficult questions are only going to increase. The journalists will continue doing their job; it's time for Zidane to do his.

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© Panoramic Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid) and Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) What a crazy hen. One day from the end of the group stage, everyone can still qualify in group B, where the suspense is at its height. Everyone (or almost) expected a fairly easy qualification from Real Madrid and Inter, but for now the two big names are in the bottom two places.

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