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Insider: Zidane knows he's lost control of Real Madrid dressing room

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane knows there's some inside the locker room who are unhappy with him.

That's according to SER journalist Antón Meana, who was considering the aftermath of Real's dismal defeat to Alaves on Saturday.

Real Madrid lost 2-1 at home to the LaLiga minnows leaving them in fourth place on the table, seven points behind leaders Real Sociedad. While Real have a game in hand on La Real, significantly second-placed Atletico Madrid have two games on Real Sociedad and sit only a point behind the leaders. As such, Atletico could effectively be nine points ahead of Real Madrid should both teams win their spare games.

Meanwhile, Meana reports Zidane is facing an openly hostile locker room, with many players having more concern about their own fate than that of the team as a whole. In the LaLiga, Real haven't won their past three games.

Meana revealed on Cadena SER via Mundo Deportivo: "Zidane has not found such a complicated dressing room.

"Right now, many are waging war on their own. They are concerned about their (contract) renewal, injuries...

"(Zidane) realises that there are players who twist their face when he gives the lineups. He notes that he does not have control over the dressing room and that is very difficult for him to digest."

Real return to action tonight in Ukraine against Champions League group opponents Shakhtar Donetsk.


- updated December 1

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