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Zidane in ‘serious danger’ after Real crisis deepens

Dynamo Kiev’s Olympic Stadium was the scene of Zinedine Zidane’s last stand as Real Madrid coach before resigning in stunning fashion in May 2018 and the arena could spell the start of the end for his second tenure after Tuesday’s defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 0-2 loss left Real potentially staring at an exit from the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time but even if it does beat Borussia Moenchengladbach next week and progress, it might not be enough to save Zidane.

Zidane shocked the football world by quitting as Real coach after winning a third successive UCL crown by beating Liverpool in the Ukrainian capital in 2018. However, he insisted there was no chance of him throwing in the towel this time.

But according to the Spanish media, Real President Florentino Perez may make the decision for him.

“Zidane is in serious danger”, said newspaper El Mundo.

“The defeat was so damning it was hard to count the number of people responsible. Zidane is tasked with fixing things urgently, but the coach may not even make it for the last group game. Right now his presence against ‘Gladbach is at risk.”

Daily El Pais added: “With so little, an ordinary Shakhtar left Madrid shaking.”

This was Real’s fifth defeat in 11 matches and while it could point to the absences of key players such as captain Sergio Ramos and record signing Eden Hazard, its problems run deep.


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