Zidane says he will not resign after defeat

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane insists he is not going to resign after a defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk left his side’s hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16 hanging in the balance.

The 13-time European champions are third in Group B, with all four sides still able to qualify in next week’s final round of matches.

Real must beat leaders Borussia Monchengladbach to guarantee progress.

“I am not going to resign, not at all,” said Zidane after the match.

“We are always going to have difficult moments, and we are on a bad run, but we need to keep going. I have the strength needed to turn the situation around and I am going to give everything to do that. So are the players.

“We played well and we deserved more. We just need to lift our heads up and think about the next game,” added Zidane.

It was Real’s second defeat by Shakhtar in this season’s competition, the Ukrainian side winning the reverse fixture 3-2 in Madrid.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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