Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane must win the Champions League if he wants to keep his job past the end of the current season.
January was not kind to Real, who were knocked out of the Spanish Super Cup in the semi-finals against Athletic Club before being humiliated by third-tier side Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey, and the month ended with a 2-1 loss to Levante in La Liga.
With the Super Cup and Copa del Rey already gone, AS note that Real believe La Liga is also already out of their reach too. Zidane’s side are ten points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who also have a game in hand, and Barcelona recently leapfrogged them into second.
Saturday’s loss to Levante has effectively marked the end of their chances of winning the title, leaving the Champions League as the only trophy left for Zidane to win this year. If he wants to keep his job, he better win it. No pressure.
It’s a sentiment which has only grown in the aftermath of that Levante defeat, but it actually started following the elimination from the Copa del Rey.
Zidane confessed he was under pressure again after being eliminated from two competitions in six days, and it was at that point that rumours of a possible departure from Real began to surface again. Concerns over Zidane’s management of the squad had grown too high, and results were nowhere near good enough to try and ignore that. Continue reading