Zidane after loss to Wolfsburg: “Nobody, including me, expected this”

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Everything was going well for Zinedine Zidane, right up until the opening whistle at Volkswagen Arena on Wednesday.

Problem is, they had to play a match.

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Real Madrid kept its roller coaster season going with a 2-0 loss at Wolfsburg in the first leg of its UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, failing to build off a 2-1 El Clasico win over Barcelona on Saturday.

Real conceded a penalty and looked out of sorts from the get-go. Sergio Ramos lost his mark for one goal, while the visitors put just three of their 21 shot attempts on frame.

The good news for Real is that 4-0 at home in the UEFA Champions League, with all wins being clean sheets. They’ve scored 15 goals in those matches, 2-0 over Roma, 1-0 against PSG, 4-0 vs. Schalke and 8-0 versus Malmo.

Los Merengues are far from out of it. They need a shutout or wild blowout to reach yet another semifinal, and their mercurial displays certainly make the club impossible to predict.