Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane remains bullish about his side’s chances in the UEFA Champions League despite needing two late goals to rescue a 2-2 draw on Tuesday night.
Real went down 3-2 to an under-strength Shakhtar Donetsk in their opening UEFA Champions League match in Madrid, leaving them with one point from their opening two games.
The good news for the Spaniards is Shakhtar drew 0-0 with Inter Milan in the other group game, ensuring the pool is tight, with Gladbach and Inter drawing on the opening matchday too.
But it could’ve been a lot worse for Real and Zidane if not for their two late goals.
“For me, this draw is not a relief, it’s a deserved result,” Zidane said.
“We had an opponent who had us in trouble on two or three occasions, but we didn’t panic and came back with character.
“If we continue to play like that, we’ll do great things and we’ll win matches, that’s for sure.”
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said: “Fab, I don’t know. Muscle injuries are like this, you get the result tomorrow morning probably, we have to wait for that.”
Liverpool are already without Virgil van Dijk with a knee injury which has likely ended his season while Joel Matip is currently out too. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker returned from injury on the weekend.
Atalanta fought back from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw at home to Ajax in the other group game.
In Group C, Manchester City were too good for Olympique Marseille 3-0 in France while FC Porto got past Olympiacos 2-0.
Atletico Madrid fought back from behind to edge Red Bull Salzburg 3-2 with Joao Felix netting a second-half double to secure the win.