As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: I will NOT resign

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he won't resign after their poor 2-0 Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.

The loss, the second in the space of four days, leaves Los Blancos in real danger of missing out on the knockout stages of the Champions League.

"I'm not going to resign, [it'd be] no use," Zidane said in Kiev. "We were very good in the first half, but we were missing goals. We were pressing well, playing well... The ball didn't want to go in. We had chances, [we hit] the post... and then it got complicated.

"I'm strong and I'm going to give everything. I think we deserved to win. We had chances. We can't let our heads drop. When you have a bad run, you have to keep going.

"It's a bad run in terms of results, but we have to keep going. It was a 'final' today. We prepared for it well, but the ball didn't go in. We have a game to win and [let's] move on."

Zidane has been the subject of criticism this season due to the team's apparent lack of direction in their style of play.

"I don't think there's a problem, lots of things are coming together [at the same time]," Zidane added. "We created chances, it's not to do with our game. We're struggling to score goals. An opening goal would've made the game easier for us."

Carlos Volcano
About the author

Carlos Volcano

Have your say
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free