Zidane is troubled by Real Madrid’s lack of confidence after losing to Shakhtar


Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his team appeared to lack confidence during their shock 3-2 defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk at the opening of the UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday, but he blamed the poor quality of his players.
Shakhtar played the match without ten players due to his Covid-19 infection and other injuries, but he crushed the European champion 13 times in the first half, advanced 3-0 and wasted many opportunities to consolidate his superiority.
Real responded with two goals in the second half through Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior, and the referee canceled another goal for the Spanish champion in the final moments for offside, but Zidane could not hide the fact that a team plagued with injuries had superiority over its players.
“We used to lack a little of everything, but the worst among all is the lack of confidence,” Zidan told a news conference.
It’s hard to think of what to say when you concede three goals in the first half. We made a mistake in (Shakhtar’s) first goal, and then things became very difficult. “
He added, “I am disappointed by everything that happened. It was a bad game and a bad night, but I am the coach and I am responsible for finding solutions. I could not find it and it was a very difficult moment for the players. ”
Real lost the last game in the league to Cadiz and must regain control before arriving at Barcelona on Saturday, but Zidane does not think that the two defeats would mean falling to his arch-rivals.
Zidane, who led Real Madrid to three Champions League titles, in addition to the league title last season, added: “I have nothing to say about this and we will be there on Saturday and we will go ready. This is a negative night for us, but we must change things.
I feel pity for the players, they won too much for me and they don’t deserve it. But it is football, one day things get bad and another the sun shines, sometimes it is very difficult and this night was one of those moments.


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