Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has said there is ‘no chance whatsoever’ that he will resign in the wake of Tuesday night’s defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk, which leaves Los Blancos in danger of failing to qualify from a Champions League group for the first time.
Real have only four of their last 11 games in all competitions since mid-October. It has left third in their Champions League group with only one match remaining and way off the pace in La Liga.
Zidane’s team had the chance to secure their place in the Champions League knockout rounds with a win against Shakhtar, but defeat puts the pressure on a matchday six clash with Borussia Monchengladbach next week and they must not lose again to even stand a chance of qualifying.
Real have reached the knockout stages every time they have competed in the Champions League and have progressed from the group for 23 consecutive seasons.
But despite poor results – in Spain and abroad – and growing pressure, Zidane remains defiant.
“There's no chance whatsoever of me standing down. We're going to keep going,” the Frenchman said, via RealMadrid.com, in the wake of the final whistle against Shakhtar.
The game finished 2-0 in Shakhtar’s favour, but Zidane is adamant his team deserved to win.
“I'm feeling strong and I’ll give it my all, as I always do,” he explained. “The same goes for the players, just like they did today. I don’t think we deserved to win in La Liga the other day because it was a poor performance but we deserved it tonight.
“It's in the tough times that we have to show our character and pride. Tonight's game was a shame because we didn't deserve that. We'll have to win the next game, our last one. It wasn’t to be tonight, but we’ll keep the faith and fight hard, that’s for sure, I have no doubt in my mind.”