Real Madrid players reported held an emergency meeting on Thursday as the club’s dismal form was addressed.
AS report that club captain Sergio Ramos was behind the move in the wake of Real’s 2-0 Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
That result has left Real staring at the unthinkable prospect of exiting European football’s premier competition at the group stages, with the 13-times European champions needing to beat Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach next week in order to achieve qualification.
Real are also fourth in La Liga having suffered three defeats from their opening 10 matches, and currently sit seven points behind league leaders Real Sociedad.
Ramos is said to have called the meeting with the players, although the report adds that manager Zinedine Zidane didn’t attend.
AS claim that Ramos told teammates: “We are one victory away from getting through in the Champions League, we depend on ourselves and we have to give everything.
“This is Real Madrid, gentlemen. Together, we’ve come out of worse.”
Zidane is said to have been assured that he retains the support of the club’s senior players, including Ramos, Luka Modric and Marcelo, with Modric also seemingly voicing his backing for the Frenchman to the rest of the squad.
However there are players on the fringes of Zidane’s plans such as Isco and Mariano who are less enamoured with the three-time Champions League winner at present.
Eyebrows had been raised by club president Florentino Perez’s presence at the club’s Valdebebas training ground on Thursday, but that was merely to take his place in a squad photo.
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