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Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk LIVE: Zinedine Zidane’s side aim to bounce back in Champions League opener following dismal defeat by Cadiz

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Zidane ‘held crunch talks with Real Madrid players’ after defeat by Cadiz

KISHAN VAGHELA: Zidane Zidane gathered his Real Madrid players for crunch talks following their shock defeat to newly-promoted Cadiz, according to reports in Spain.

The Spanish champions suffered their first defeat of the league season after Anthony Lozano’s strike gave the Andalusian side all three points in the capital.

And according to Spanish outlet Marca, the French boss rounded up his squad to hold crisis talks ahead of this week’s opening game in the Champions League.

More Champions League action tonight and we start in Madrid. Zidane would usually have approach this fixture in somewhat of a relaxed manner given that Inter are their biggest threat in Group B.

But after a frankly disastrous 1-01 defeat by Cadiz at the weekend in the league, Zidane will want his players to respond with a dominant display. 

Stay with me for all the latest build-up ahead of this evening’s tie.

Real Madrid get their Champions League campaign under way against Shakhtar Donetsk as they look to put Saturday’s domestic loss by newly-promoted Cadiz behind them. 

Zidane, who has won European football’s top prize as manager of Real three times, held emergency talks with his players following the shock 1-0 defeat.

On Wednesday night he will expect a big response from his players who failed to get past the round of 16 in last season’s Champions League. 

Follow Sportsmail’s TOM FARMERY for live coverage of Real vs Shakhtar, including score, lineups and updates prior and throughout the game. 

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