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Zinedine Zidane is prepared to face any eventuality on his future

Zidane spoke at length regarding his future in an exclusive interview with France Football

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has had experienced a miserable second half of 2018 as his side has put up one of the worst title defences ever in La Liga. Already 16 points behind, they don’t look like catching up to Barcelona anytime soon. It is incredible to even see Zidane still holding on to his job as many a Madrid managers have been sacked for a much better haul of points in the league.

It is not just the results that have been a matter of concern, performances too have been below par. Injuries to key players have hampered the club whereas the bench is nowhere as strong as it was last season. As the season gets worse for Madrid, the chances of Zidane losing his job increase directly. In fact, betting website Ladbrokes has put the odds of Zidane being sacked at 5/4, which is shorter than ever.

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane is enduring a tough time this season

Zidane’s interview with France Football

The Frenchman said that he knew he has to work hard to create his legacy as a manager in the Spanish capital. He said, ”I’m not protected by what I’ve done as a player at this club. I know one day it [the coach’s job] will come to an end at Real Madrid, so I make the most of it and I do everything I can do to be successful.” He also added that he doesn’t expect to stay in the job for a decade bluntly saying, “I know I won’t stay [in the job] for 10 years.”

The World Cup winner revealed that he is impervious to the pressure that comes along with the job of managing Real Madrid. “External pressure doesn’t affect me. I’ve wrapped  a shield around myself; nothing can bother me.”

“I go home and I get together with my wife or with my sons and I go to see a show or to have dinner. I cut myself off [from work] because that’s fundamental,” he added.

He also stated that he knows that it is these difficult times in which he’ll prove his real worth. “I want to show that I can also be a good coach when the going gets tough.”

People might think that everything comes easy to me, that I do it all by instinct, but they’d be wrong. Be it as a player or as a coach, I’ve always worked hard.”

Author’s Take

Zinedine Zidane has never got the credit he deserves for leading Real Madrid through it’s most trophy-laden period in a long long time. The man has coached a team to back-to-back Champions League titles, something that was considered impossible by realistic standards. It is true that Madrid has had a really bad season up until now. With the La Liga effectively gone, Champions League glory is their only chance at saving their season. I think Zidane should be given more time at the club to show what he is really made of.

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