Zinedine Zidane and his Real Madrid team were at the end of the major surprise result of the first round of group stage matches in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League competition.
The Los Blancos lost 3:2 to Shakhtar Donetsk at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night and this was a major shock considering that the Ukrainian outfit was missing 10 players due to injuries and COVID-19.
Shakhtar Donetsk went 3 nil up at half-time and held on for a famous victory as Real Madrid fought back by getting two goals back in the second half of the game. They scored a third in added time but it was chalked off for offside after VAR checks.
The result means that the Los Merengues have lost 2 consecutive home games and this is by no means a welcome development. It can be recalled that they were coming off the back of a shock 1 nil loss to newly-promoted Cadiz CF at the Bernabeu last weekend.
This is a blip in form for the Real Madrid side and this is coming at the worst possible time. They’ll face Barcelona in the El Clasico this weekend as their fight for the La Liga race continues.
Zinedine Zidane now has his work cut out for him as he must ensure that his team returns to winning ways sooner than later. The French gaffer accepted responsibility for the UCL loss.
Losing three games in a row at this stage of the season won’t be a welcome development for the club, but it seems likely as they’ll be facing Barcelona at Camp Nou.
Barcelona are not in the best of form either and have two outstanding games, but the Clasico encounter is sure to motivate them as they look to fight their way to the top of the table currently occupied by Real Sociedad.
Should this recent blip be a cause for concern? Well, we’ll know in the coming days as the next two fixtures for Los Merengues are tricky and should clear any doubts.
After the Clasico, they’ll travel to face Borussia Monchengladbach in the next round of the UEFA Champions League games. Regardless, it’s still early days and we look forward to how it all pans out for the French manager and his men.