Under-fire Real Madrid Manager, Zinedine Zidane has admitted that it wouldn’t come as a shock to him should he be fired after his team was dumped out of the Spanish Copa del Rey on Wednesday at home to Leganes having held a 1-0 advantage.
The loss will be Madrid’s sixth defeat this season and their only hope of winning a silverware is tied to winning their tough clash with in-form Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.
The La Liga Champions are 19 points behind rivals, Barcelona in the league, a position that is totally strange to Los Blancos considering their domination of Spanish football for many years. Zidane has conceded that any other loss might mean the end of his reign in Madrid.
“Of course. That is really clear,” Zidane said after Wednesday’s defeat “I am responsible for this, I’m the coach… today is a big failure for me.”
The FIFA World Best Manager who led the most decorated football team on the planet to back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles and the FIFA Club World Cup has an impressive 70.7%-win record with only 13 losses in his 123 games in charge. About half of those losses have occurred in the past four months to highlight the team’s terrible form.
Their Catalan rivals have literally run away with the League and now the Copa del Rey is out of reach after their elimination last night, the Champions is the only bright light.
However, winning the most coveted price in Club football will prove difficult for them this season as they will have to stop the attacking trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani in their Round of 16 clash with PSG over two legs
According to Marca, losing to PSG could get Zidane fired but the manager has opted to look at things “positively.” He added: “We must apologize to the fans. We have a game on Saturday [against Villarreal] and on February 14 we have a Champions League game [against PSG].”