Zinedine Zidane on Real Madrid's Jaurary transfer business

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

An under-pressure Zinedine Zidane has commented on his future at Real Madrid, insisting that his achievements as a player do not give him any protection from being dismissed by the club.

Big-spending French giants Paris Saint-Germain await them in the knockout stages of the Champions League, with the pressure beginning to build on boss Zidane.

"The position of the team in the league is delicate, but [Zidane] is the only Madrid coach to have done the La Liga/European Cup double in the modern era", Pavon said.

"I go match by match, year by year, like last year". It's not a physical thing, or more in our heads.

Zidane, 45, continued: "What you tell me is what a lot of people think: that there are people who are bad and I have to get them out of the team". I can't imagine myself as a coach in two, three years, because things are not like that.

Pavon played 106 times for the club in the early 2000s, when president Florentino Perez implemented his ultimately unsuccessful "Pavones and Zidanes" policy of youth team players combined with Galacticos. "I have to try to get each one of them to give a little bit more". "We're all to blame and we're all in the same boat". Now retired from the game, Pavon said that the club's fans in the whole remain supportive of someone who had done an excellent job in his first two years as coach.

"There are people who say everything has gone to s***. No. It is impossible to win everything each year, and I have to admit that things look very hard in La Liga".

Last season's King's Cup runners-up Alaves beat third division Fomentera 2-0 to wrap up a 5-1 aggregate win thanks to second-half goals from Ermedin Demirovic and Alfonso Pedraza.

"I don't need anybody (to sign) and that's that". We saw it as very hard to do, and he has achieved it. That's not what I think.

Midfielder Marcos Llorente was particularly impressive at Numancia, while Zidane was pleased with the hour-long display of Bale, who stands a chance of starting again in midweek after netting twice in Vigo.

Real Madrid's Francisco Roman "Isco" (left), shoots the ball next to Numancia's Unai Elgezabal during the Spanish Copa del Rey round of 16 second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Numancia at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, January10, 2018.

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