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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said there is “ no chance ” that he will resign after Tuesday night’s loss to Shakhtar Donetsk, which leaves Whites in danger of not qualifying from a group of the Champions League for the first time.
Real have only four of their last 11 matches in all competitions since mid-October. They have come third in their Champions League group with just one game remaining and a far cry from the pace in La Liga.
Zidane’s side had a chance to secure their place in the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a win against Shakhtar, but the loss puts pressure on a matchday six clash with Borussia Monchengladbach next week and they must not return. to lose to have a chance to qualify.
Real have reached the round of 16 every time they have competed in the Champions League and have passed the group for 23 consecutive seasons.
But despite the poor results, in Spain and abroad, and the mounting pressure, Zidane remains defiant.
“There is no chance that I will retire. We will continue, ”said the Frenchman, through RealMadrid.com, after the final whistle against Shakhtar.
The game ended 2-0 in favor of Shakhtar, but Zidane is convinced that his team deserved to win.
“I feel strong and I will give it my all, as I always do,” he explained. “The same goes for the players, as they did today. I don’t think we deserve to win in La Liga the other day because it was a bad performance but we deserved it tonight.
“It is in difficult times that we have to show our character and pride. Tonight’s game was a shame because we didn’t deserve it. We will have to win the next game, the last one. It wasn’t going to be tonight, but we will keep the faith and fight hard, that’s for sure, I have no doubt in my mind. “