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Real Madrid coach Zidane: The players and I feel strong

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists there were positives to find from their poor Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 2-0 reverse leaves Real needing victory over Borussia Monchengladbach to reach the final 16.

Zidane said, “I'm feeling strong and I'll give it my all, as I always do. The same goes for the players, just like they did today. I don't think we deserved to win in LaLiga the other day because it was a poor performance but we deserved it tonight. We have to keep our heads up and turn our attentions to the next game. When you're on a bad run there's nothing else for it but to help each other out and look ahead to the next match, which is important for us as well.

“As you say, it's a case of lots of things coming together. We pressed high today and won the ball back very well, we created a lot of chances to score and I don't think it's a question of how we're playing or what the players are showing on the pitch because they're doing a good job. Our problem is that we're struggling to get the first goal that would make the game easier. We have to get through this rough patch because it's obvious these are poor results for us, but we're going to keep working hard and believe in what we do."

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