Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has ruled out the possibility of resigning his post after his side’s shock defeat to Shakhtar Donestk on Tuesday in the Champions League.
Second-half goals from Dentinho and Manor Solomon secured a resounding victory for the Ukrainian champions, who displayed resolute defense and effectively struck Los Blancos on the counterattack.
The result continued a poor streak of results for Madrid, who have now lost five times in their last 11 La Liga and Europe appearances, the same number of victories they have achieved in the same time frame.
It was the second loss to Shakhtar as they fell following league losses at home to Cadiz and Alaves, and away to Valencia, while drawing Borussia Mönchengladbach and Villarreal with the Real Madrid news now focusing on this worrying race.
Zidane told reporters after the match, according to Marca: “I’m not going to quit. We have had difficult times. It’s a bad race in terms of results. This is our reality, but we must continue.
“We know today was a final and we prepared for it very well. We had a great first half, but we couldn’t score a goal. There is one game left and we have to win it.
“I have strength and I will give everything as I always do, just like the players. In the league we didn’t deserve to win the other day, but today we do. You have to lift your head and think about the next game. There is no choice but to think ahead and get good results. ”
Madrid are absent from Sevilla in La Liga this weekend before closing their European home campaign against Borussia Mönchengladbach ahead of a city derby against Atletico Madrid.