Winning Champions League would make it 'incredible season' for Real Madrid

Winning Champions League would make it 'incredible season' for Real Madrid
Winning Champions League would make it 'incredible season' for Real Madrid
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26 January, 2018

Madrid face Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, with Zidane's men seeking to win the tournament for the third year in a row.

"I'm responsible for this, I'm the boss", said the Frenchman, following the 2-1 second-leg home defeat by Leganes to exit the Cup on away goals.

Many expected them to dominate again, but after 19 league matches played, they now sit fourth in La Liga and 19 points behind leaders Barcelona - though that will be cut down to 16 points if they win their game in hand. "We've got a big game on Saturday and on Feb 14, another (against PSG)", Zidane added. I'm angry and I can't understand it.

Zidane has won eight major trophies since he took charge in January 2016, with Real enjoying a record 40-game unbeaten run in all competitions last season.

It was a new low in what is already considered one of Real Madrid's worst seasons in recent memory and the national newspapers have held nothing back in their scathing criticism of the squad. I take responsibility, I consider it a failure. "So I must find solutions". I take responsibility for the situation, I'll continue working and fighting.

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Zidane started with Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio, who scored in the first leg but he got a warning of what was to come when Claudio Beauvue saw a free-kick come back off a post.

Real turned in an uninspired display in the first leg and quickly found themselves under pressure from a fired-up Leganes.

It remains to be seen if the 7-1 thrashing of Deportivo last weekend was the beginning of a renaissance or merely a brief upward turn, a flicker on the otherwise flat line of Madrid's title defence. We must work and focus on the only card we have left: "the Champions League", said Ramos. Real have now lost at home this season to Betis, Barcelona, Villarreal and Leganes, as well as failing to beat Valencia, Levante, Tottenham, Numancia and Fuenlabrada at their famous fortress.

Leganes' first real lapse of the night was harshly punished, but the visitors regained the lead through Gabriel, whose thumping header from Eraso's corner put his side ahead for the first time in the tie on the away goals rule and stunned the Bernabeu into silence.


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