Champions League

Zidane: Blame me for Shakhtar defeat

The Real Madrid boss has taken full responsibility for his side's shock loss in the Champions League

 
10:01am on Thursday 22nd October 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Zinedine Zidane says he must take the blame for Real Madrid's 3-2 loss versus Shakhtar in their opening Champions League group stage match on Wednesday.

Los Blancos were dire in the first half, conceding three goals before the break as they were ran ragged by the Ukrainian side, who found the back of the net via Tete, Manor Solomon, and a Raphael Varane own goal.

The hosts improved in the second period and scored two before the hour mark, setting the stage for a potential momentous comeback.

However, Shakhtar stayed strong to claim all three points and a famous away win.

READ MORE:

Real Madrid: Squad, FC Ratings, Matches, Formations

European Golden Shoe 2020/21: A familiar face leads the rankings

Sevilla & Ivan Rakitic are coming for Barcelona and Real Madrid

In terms of blame, the buck stops with ZIdane, according to the man himself.

"I did not see the team as I wanted and when you do not see the team as you wanted it is your fault," the Frenchman said following the defeat.

"It's a bad game, a bad night. I'm the coach and it's up to me to find the solution.

"We deserve the criticism, all of us, and me first. Luckily we had a reaction in the second half because they don't deserve that, they are champions and it bothers me.

"I am responsible and I have to look for solutions because that cannot happen."

The defeat against Shakhtar comes just a few days after Madrid suffering a shock loss versus Cadiz in La Liga.

This weekend, they face Barcelona in the Clasico.

Latest news

Mexico vs Jamaica Prediction Copa America: Team to Win, Form, News and more

Here is our prediction for the upcoming Copa America Group Game between Mexico and Jamaica taking place this week.

  • 36 minutes

Belgium vs Romania Prediction: Team to Win, Form, News and more

Here is our prediction for the upcoming Euro 2024 Group Game between Belgium and Romania taking place on Saturday, June 22nd 2024.

  • 51 minutes

Turkey vs Portugal Prediction: Team to Win, Form, News and more

Here is our prediction for the upcoming Euro 2024 Group Game between Turkey and Portugal on Saturday, June 22nd 2024.

  • 1 hour

Georgia vs Czechia Prediction: Team to Win, Form, News and more

Here is our prediction for the upcoming Euro 2024 Group Game between Georgia and Czechia on Saturday, June 22nd 2024.

  • 1 hour

Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps Prediction: Team to Win, Form, News and more

Here is our prediction for the upcoming MLS game between Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2024 season.

  • 1 hour

Colorado Rapids vs Montreal Prediction: Team to Win, Form, News and more

Here is our prediction for the upcoming MLS game between Colorado Rapids and Montreal taking place this week in the 2024 season.

  • 1 hour

Most read