Zidane “Isco is a Real Madrid player and he’s going nowhere”.
— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) March 30, 2018
“Yes, I would still like to stay as coach of Real Madrid”, Zidane said. “Things depend on the results, it has not changed, it will not change, it is the requirement of this club, and I accept it.
So there are people who compare Iniesta to Zidane. I mean Iniesta is really good and all, but Zidane is the Pele of midfielders.
— Deji Faremi (@deejayfaremi) March 28, 2018
“I’ve been here 18 years; I know how Real Madrid functions. I do what I like doing, I do it thoroughly and if the question is, do you want to continue? Then yes I will continue. I do not feel tired, not at all.”
Despite winning back to back Champions League trophies and being crowned kings of Spain last season, this year has seen a remarkable fall from grace for the capital outfit.
A limp defence of their league title, a shock exit to Leganes in the Copa del Rey and a slow start in Europe which saw them beaten by eventual group winners Tottenham Hotspur put Zidane’s position in doubt.
I think Zidane is the man who can handle all the stars or any other big player that may join the Real Madrid team, he is a manager whose reputation as a player preceeds him.
If he tells Ronaldo to kneel down, raise up his hands and close his eyes then Ronaldo would have to obey!
— Uche Onwuemeli (@UchennaNG) March 30, 2018
However, a recent resurgence in league form which has seen them close the gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid to just four points, and a Champions League quarter-final showdown with Juventus to come in midweek means a dramatic turnaround is still plausible.
But before any of that, Los Blancos must overcome relegation-threatened Las Palmas, and by doing so could temporarily reduce the deficit to Atleti to just a single point ahead of the Madrid derby next weekend.
“We hope to take second place, little by little”, Zidane added. “Of course we have our minds on Tuesday but tomorrow we have a match and to execute on Tuesday, we have to execute well tomorrow.”