MADRID – Zinedine Zidane assured that he has never felt “untouchable” but insists that he continues to feel the support of the club and the Real Madrid players despite experiencing one of his most difficult moments as a coach.
The Whites have scored a single point in the last three La Liga games against Alavés, Villarreal and Valencia and last Tuesday put their qualification for the Champions League round of 16 at risk by losing 2-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk.
ESPN reported after that defeat that both the board and the dressing room continue to trust the French coach, although different sources recognized then that there are certain “nuances” that could condition his future for a week in which the white team will play three key games against Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach and Atlético de Madrid.
Zidane expects the team to change its face on Saturday when his team visits Sevilla, but makes it clear that he knows his position has never been secured.
“I have never thought that I was untouchable, neither as a player nor as a coach. I am here to live this until the last day,” Zidane said at the press conference.
Asked if he still feels the support of the club in the previous visit to Seville, Zidane said: “Yes, completely. Of the club and of everyone. I cannot be happy when we lose a game, the players either. We know it. Good luck to be able to be here and give ourselves to this club. We have to connect with what we know how to do good. “
“What the players want is to compete and play and they have always shown their affection for me. We know that together we are going to move forward. When things don’t work out they are the first to be unhappy. In a difficult moment we have to get together and follow the same path. We are going to move this forward, for sure. “
Zidane has already overcome some crisis of results in the past, but when he was asked if it is his most difficult moment as Real Madrid coach, he admitted: “Sure, we have had complicated moments, today is the same, It may be the strongest, but I think about the positive. Tomorrow is another great opportunity and we want to show that we are a good team, “
“We know the situation, but we want to try to compete. It is another opportunity to change the chip. I trust my players a lot. The situation is complicated, we have been through a similar situation many times. Tomorrow is a game to show what Real is. Madrid”.
“When you don’t win games, it is normal for there to be criticism. That will not change what I think of my players and the work I do every day. Even with difficulties, we will continue.”
Sergio Ramos missed the last matches against Villarreal, Alavés and Shakhtar Donetsk due to a hamstring injury in his right leg that occurred during the match between Spain and Germany on November 17. The loss of the captain has coincided with the bad image of his defense in those games but Zidane assured that the central defender will only play in Seville if he is fully recovered.
“We are not going to risk anything,” said Zidane before adding: “If he can be with us, he will be. I don’t want a player who has a discomfort and then more damage is done. We will see how we do tomorrow. I hope to recover. to all the injured as soon as possible because I prefer to have all the players “.