Zinedine Zidane faces more trouble that could led to his early departure from Real Madrid. Zidane was appointed the coach of Real Madrid in January 2016, a day after Real Madrid had twice squandered the lead in a 2-2 draw at Valencia, prompting its management to fire Rafa Benitez, the then coach of Real Madrid.
Two years later, Real Madrid faces a likely slip-up in the same Valencia that led to Zinedine Zidane being appointed coach; however, this time, the Frenchman will be hanging onto his job should Valencia cause a setback for the reigning Spanish and European champions at Mestalla this weekend.
Zidane recently admitted that his job is now on the line, with his team now out of the Cup as well as languishing in fourth place in La Liga with 19 points behind league leaders Barcelona.
Despite Real Madrid recent dreadful run of events culminating in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final exit at the hands of Leganes; Zidane is still in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu with some much around him – a world record of successes achieved in the first two years – is such that he looks set to at least be given the upcoming Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain to prove he can still turn things around.
“If at the end of the year we win the Champions League it will be an incredible year,” Cristiano Ronaldo — whose own decline has been a source of huge concern — told Chinese football app Dongqiudi.
“This season we didn’t start well in the league. We are disappointed, we are not happy but we have to work towards the Champions League, the most important trophy.”
Rather more focus on the league may be wise, though — Real are as close to the relegation zone in terms of points as they are to Barcelona.
Indeed they are five points behind third-placed Valencia, albeit with a game in hand, so can ill afford to lose on Saturday, especially with Villarreal and Sevilla coming up behind.