Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane admits ‘I have never seen myself as untouchable at this club’ as pressure intensifies over his future ahead of crunch LaLiga clash against Sevilla
- Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admitted they are going through a tough spell
- Zidane’s side face a difficult trip to Sevilla before a crucial European fixture
- His team have struggled in both LaLiga and the Champions League this season
- The manager insisted he has never seen himself as ‘untouchable’ at the club
But the Frenchman has come under fire for Real’s recent run of poor form after Tuesday’s defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk left them needing a win from their last Champions League group game against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane admitted his side are going through a difficult spell
The front page of Spanish newspaper Marca reads: ‘I do not consider myself untouchable’ alongside a picture of the under pressure boss
His side are also seven points behind Real Sociedad in LaLiga and face a crucial game against Sevilla this afternoon.
Sevilla, managed by former Real boss Julen Lopetegui, are one point behind Real in fifth with a game in hand and will leapfrog them with a victory.
After facing Sevilla and Monchengladbach, Real play rivals Atletico Madrid who are currently second and six points ahead having played a game less.
Real have struggled for form in both LaLiga and the Champions League this season
The defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk left has effectively made their last Champions League game against Borussia Monchengladbach must-win
A worst case scenario of defeats in all three fixtures could leave Real Madrid out of Europe and 12 points off the pace having played a game more in LaLiga.
Ahead of the crucial set games, Zidane was asked whether he had lost his ‘untouchable’ status.
‘I’ve never seen myself as untouchable at this club,’ he insisted.
‘Not as a player or as a coach. Never. I’m here for a reason, and I’m living this thing until the final day.
‘When you don’t win it’s normal that you get criticism. It’s not going to change nor will it change how I think of my players and the job I do on a daily basis. There are clearly difficulties in this job. We’re going to continue regardless.
Zidane’s side face a crucial game against Sevilla before facing Atletico Madrid next weekend
‘Yes we’ve had difficult times in the past and now we’re in the present and it’s more difficult now but I feel strong and the players will give us the possibility to get through this tough spell. I feel ready to find a solution for this.’
‘Zizou is a magnificent coach. He’s a good friend and will do everything possibility to lift Madrid as high up as possible. You cannot live in the past but he’s earned the right for us to trust in him.’
Real legend and Zidane’s former team-mate Iker Casillas leapt to the defence of the Frenchman earlier in the week and insisted he has earned the right for people to trust him.
He told Diario AS: ‘Zizou is a magnificent coach. He’s a good friend and will do everything possibility to lift Madrid as high up as possible. You cannot live in the past but he’s earned the right for us to trust in him.’