If Zinedine Zidane had more hair, he'd probably be tearing it out after another dismal performance from his side in the Champions League last time out.
Los Blancos, 13-time European champions, now teeter on the brink of elimination after a 2-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian side has completed the double over Real this season. All hope is not yet lost for the Spanish giants, however. Real has completed their own personal double over Inter, the side currently occupying bottom spot, but all four sides still have a realistic shot at qualification.
📊 Group B matchday 6 permutations
- If Shakhtar avoids defeat against Inter, Real Madrid must beat Mönchengladbach in order to qualify for the round of 16. If they don't, they'll partake in the Europa League for the first time in their history.
- If Inter beats Shakhtar and Real Madrid loses to Mönchengladbach, Los Blancos will finish bottom of the group and find themselves eliminated from European competition altogether.
- If Inter beats Shakhtar and Real Madrid draws with Mönchengladbach, the German side wins the group and Real qualifies in second by virtue of their superior head-to-head record with Inter from the group stages.
- If Inter and Real both claim home wins, they'll both qualify for the round of 16.
Needless to say, matchday 6 will be a nailbiting affair for all affiliated with the Spanish giants and indeed all teams in the group. It's going down to the wire and plenty of twists and turns are more or less guaranteed. Enjoy.