Real Madrid chiefs are concerned about the way certain players are performing under Zinedine Zidane ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Shakhtar Donetsk, according to reports. Los Blancos have endured a mixed start to the new campaign. They were beaten 1-0 at by minnows Cadiz on Saturday, in a result that left La Liga reeling.

Real Madrid won the La Liga title last season, beating Barcelona to the prize in the process.

But they saw their hopes of further glory dealt a huge blow on Saturday night, with Los Blancos beaten 1-0 by Cadiz.

Performance levels have dropped at the Bernabeu since Real won the title, as shown by their lacklustre display against Manchester City in last season’s Champions League.

And, behind the scenes, Marca say officials at the club are growing concerned.

They’re said to be alarmed at the way players are currently performing, believing their attitude to be all wrong behind the scenes.

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And they’re reportedly hoping Zidane can turn things around, with the Frenchman already under pressure just six games into the new season.

The report says that, after the chock defeat to Cadiz, Zidane kept his players behind in the dressing room to get to the root of their current issues.

And whether they can get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start is something only time will tell.

Zidane was publicly critical of his side after the Cadiz loss, saying: “They played with more pace than us and more enthusiasm.

“We can’t make any excuses, we played a bad game and we have to congratulate Cadiz. We’re not happy at all.

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“It was very difficult for us from the start and I wouldn’t have been surprised if they had scored two or three goals in the first half.”

He then added: “The way we started the game was what concerned me the most.

“We then struggled to create chances but that’s a consequence of the bad start we had made.”

Zidane did say, however, that he wouldn’t spend too much time thinking about the defeat and would instead switch his focus to Wednesday’s Champions League showdown.

“I don’t think this game (against Cadiz) is going to have a big impact on us, we’re going to try and fix things,” he said.

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“Of course tonight is a very bad night for us but we’re going to try and change things.

“We’ve only lost three points. They are three important points, but nothing else. Now we’re thinking about our next game.”

Zidane has won the Champions League three times as a manager.

He guided Real to the prize in 2016, with the La Liga titans beating Atletico Madrid in the final.

And it was a similar story in 2017 and 2018, with Juventus and Liverpool dispatched as they won the prize with Cristiano Ronaldo as their talisman.

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source: express.co.uk

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