Not a ‘bad season?’
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will be under increasing pressure should the club fail in claiming a back-to-back La Liga titles – the only opportunity left to claim silverware this season.
Real Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by lower league side Alcoyano, Chelsea kicked them comfortably out the Champions League semi-finals and after a draw to Sevilla, they have handed back control to Atletico Madrid.
When asked if not winning the league and ending without a trophy constituted the label of a ‘bad season’ he dismissed the claim.
“Everything can happen,” he said. “We can win it just like we can lose it.
“The most important thing is to give everything and how we act on the pitch. We’ve played good games and the season is long.
“I am not going to say that it is a bad season, because that’s when you don’t give everything on the pitch.
“2017 was a phenomenal season and we could have lost in the last game. The most important thing is what you can control, and then whatever happens will happen.”
Is Zidane safe?
It is difficult to say whether Florentino Perez will see it the same way as the French coach.
Real Madrid were desperate to get Zidane back after an unsuccessful period with Julen Lopetegui was short lived and he did indeed come back but has been unable to replicate his works in Europe.
A La Liga title was delivered last season but the crown for the club is certainly the UCL.
Los Blancos have endured a tricky time and even face expulsion from UEFA competitions if reports are to be believed.
Should this come to pass, due to Perez’s stubbornness over the failed Super League proposals, then Real may be in a weak position to sack Zidane.
Already in considerable debt and in need of paying back millions of illegal state aid, the sacking of Zidane may be the worst possible move.
Real Madrid are ultimately in need of a rebuild as highlighted in the gulf in quality to previous iterations of the side. The time of Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos is coming to a close with Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Iker Casillas long gone.
Maybe Zidane is not the right coach as a custodian of the old guard and a fresh mind is what is truly needed? The summer will reveal the first step.