Zinedine Zidane has taken duty for Real Madrid‘s Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk, calling the 3-2 loss “a nasty sport, a nasty night time” and vowing to “discover the answer” forward of El Clasico on Saturday.
The outcome means Zidane’s group have misplaced twice at residence in 4 days — after being crushed 1-0 by La Liga minnows Cadiz — to extend the strain going into the high-profile conflict with Barcelona at Camp Nou.
“It is a unhealthy feeling. Every little thing got here collectively,” Zidane mentioned in his postmatch information convention on Wednesday night time. “We made a mistake with the primary objective, after which we lacked confidence. It is simply as effectively my gamers reacted within the second half. It is a unhealthy sport, a nasty night time. I am the coach, I’ve to search out the answer, I did not discover it tonight.”
“We lacked a little bit of every little thing,” he added. “Above all confidence, which is crucial factor… We all know the state of affairs we’re in. It is our second unhealthy sport. Now we’ve got to arrange our subsequent sport. It is clear that I am accountable.”
Madrid had began the 2020-21 season with a draw and three wins earlier than this week’s stoop — and are three factors forward of rivals Barca within the La Liga desk, having performed a sport extra.
“It makes me sad for the gamers. They’ve made me win quite a lot of issues,” Zidane mentioned. “They do not deserve it, however that is soccer. We’ve got to assume that at present is gray and tomorrow the solar will come out.”
Madrid now face a tough run of fixtures, with El Clasico adopted by what at the moment are must-win Champions League group matches with Borussia Monchengladbach and Inter Milan, in addition to league video games with Valencia and Villarreal.
Captain Sergio Ramos missed the Shakhtar defeat with a knee damage, however sources have instructed ESPN he is anticipated to return in time to face Barca.
“We’ve got to enhance, that is apparent,” veteran midfielder Luka Modric mentioned. “There is not any time to really feel sorry for ourselves. It is good that [El Clasico] is coming… We have not forgotten methods to play soccer. El Clasico is at all times completely different and we’ll be as much as the extent of the match.”