Questions began to hover over this Real Madrid team, and in particular over Zidane, with this defeat following an embarrassing 1-0 loss to newly-promoted Cadiz over the weekend.

Zidane is sure that he will find a solution

Real Madrid lost 3-2 at home against Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League opener on Wednesday night, with Los Blancos 3-0 down at a half time, but Zinedine Zidane is still convinced he is the right man in charge. Questions began to hover over this Real Madrid team, and in particular over Zidane, with this defeat following an embarrassing 1-0 loss to newly-promoted Cadiz over the weekend. “I see myself as capable of fixing it, that’s what I’m going to try,” Zidane said in his post-match interview. “And the players will try too. We will look for a solution and find it. Now we have to prepare for Saturday’s away game with Barcelona.” Naturally, Zidane was not happy with some of his players, although he admitted that he felt terrible for some of them.

Real Madrid have missed a little confidence and action

“A bad feeling that we have after this result, of course,” stated Zidane. “In the end, it was a mix of everything. We made a mistake that led to the first goal, and after that, the truth is that we missed a little confidence, a little action, a little bit of everything in the first half.” I’m happy for the players who reacted and changed during the second half because they don’t deserve that kind of thing. It was a bad game, a stormy night. I am the coach, I am the one who has to find a solution, and I am not going to find one tonight”. After the Cadiz result, Zidane was publicly criticizing their first-half show; however, it seems that he fell on deaf ears. Nevertheless, he believes conceding first harmed his Real Madrid players.

“I am responsible, and since the first half was negative, I did not do something right,” he said. “The first goal changed everything and ultimately cost us. But the Champions League campaign has just begun, and we are not going to give up”. Some Real Madrid fans now fear the worst ahead of the Clásico at Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon, but Zidane calls for calm. “I don’t respond what people say,” Zidane said. “We’ll show up on Saturday at four o’clock in the afternoon and play. For us now, tranquillity.”