By Tim Stannard
Zidane says that he can fix Real Madrid's problems after Champions League Shakhtar shock
Although it was going to be tough to match the all-round good news-fest of Barcelona's 5-1 win in the Champions League against Ferencvaros, Real Madrid's Coach Zizou was probably expecting a little bit better than what actually occurred on Wednesday against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Still, it could have been a lot worse for Madrid. At 3-0 down at halftime and the club being played off the park by a Ukrainian side missing 10 players due to COVID-19, Real Madrid were in full-on 'CRISIS!' mode.
By the end of the match with two goals pulled back by Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior, the LaLiga champions are merely in a lowercase 'crisis!'
The timing of this 'crisis!' is not great considering El Clasico is just around the corner in the Camp Nou, the club is on a run of back-to-back defeats and at time of writing, Coach Zizou has just under 51 hours to find a solution to avoid another historic Clasico catastrophe for Real Madrid.
At least Zinedine knows the mess he finds himself in and is all with the positivity over being able to resolving it. "I see myself capable of fixing this, that's what I'm going to try," boomed the French manager, whose team reportedly faced a terse three-minute locker room visit from club president, Florentino Perez, after the 3-2 loss.
Coverage of 'Real Madrid's Moment of Truth Clasico' gets underway at 9AM ET on beIN SPORTS on Saturday.
Zlatan regrets lack of fans watching Zlatan in Europa League
New season, new Sports Burst. New approach to the Europa League.
For once, the competition to find Europe's best six-place finishing side will be given the respect it deserves with no more jokes about Molde or teams called Grrrrr playing Arsenal.
For sides such as Granada, the Europa League is a true dream come true although it is a huge shame that the Spanish fans are not able to travel to enjoy the experience. Today's trip to Eindhoven to watch their team take on PSV would have been a blast.
LaLiga-leading Real Sociedad are getting excited as well with the club sending out a pronunciation guide for commentators on how to deal with such challenging names as Martín Merquelanz and Ander Barrenetxea.
The match-up of the round is arguably Celtic hosting Milan, although the closed doors affair is a blow for the home fans in Glasgow claims a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
"Celtic is one of the great atmospheres and great stadiums of Europe. Zlatan deserves to play in front of the Celtic fans and the Celtic fans deserve to be able to see Zlatan play live."
The Sports Burst live show will be trying to fix Real Madrid's problems and looking at any prime Europa League picks at 12PM ET. Head to our beIN SPORTS USA Facebook page and XTRA channel.
Copa Libertadores reaches group stage climax
The 2020 Copa Libertadores group stages wrap up tonight with four games across the network, all kicking off at 8:30PM ET.
Brazilian side, Internacional, need just a point against Universidad de Catolica to secure a spot in the knock-out stages in Group E.
Caracas and Libertad are both looking to secure second place in Group H and safe passage to the next round although the Venezuelan outfit have a tough challenge against Boca Juniors.