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Uncertainty and concern at Real Madrid

There is concern and plenty of it at Real Madrid, much of it from the players as well as from Zinedine Zidane. As Casemiro explained after defeat to Cadiz, they need to regain unity on the field and build confidence together as a unit.

The coach knows that something is going wrong, which is leading to the team making mistakes.

Sunday was scheduled in as a recovery session with sights already set on the opening Champions League fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk, but Zidane changed those plans.

He shut himself in with his players to talk, seeking to identify the issues the team are encountering and looking to correct them to avoid a repeat of the loss to Cadiz.

It's unusual for the Frenchman to dedicate so much time to team meetings and chats, but he and his coaches have been concerned in recent weeks and wanted to be alone with the squad to talk.

They felt it was important to correct the attitude of some players and to recover the desire and confidence that has been left behind ever since being knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester City.

The first half against Cadiz was one of the worst 45 minutes of Zidane's reign in the Real Madrid dugout and his anger wasn't eased even by Barcelona's defeat to Getafe hours later.

The coach believes that his squad can and must do much better, as proven by the four substitutions he made at half time.

Club directors are also concerned by the attitude of the team and some players are doing little to impress. This has been noted by influential figures in the club's hierarchy.

The next few days will be decisive, as Real Madrid will be out to improve on last season's poor group stage performances in Europe before a Clasico on Saturday.

Source: Marca / José Félix Díaz - Euan McTear

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