Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has admitted his job is on the line after suffering a sixth loss of the season.
Real was dumped out of the Spanish cup by a team it should have dominated.
The Champions League is Real’s only realistic chance of winning silverware this season – but it faces tough opposition in the shape of PSG.
Zinedine Zidane says he could be sacked as Real Madrid manager at any moment.
The Spanish team trails La Liga leaders FC Barcelona by 19 points and was knocked out of cup tournament, Copa del Rey, on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to Leganes. It was opposition Real should have dominated at the Bernabeu.
In all, it is Real’s sixth loss of the season and any further defeats could cost Zidane his job. Zidane even admitted this as journalists asked the 45-year-old if his position is now on the line.
“Of course. That is really clear,” Zidane said after Wednesday’s defeat, as reported by Goal.com. “I am responsible for this, I’m the coach… today is a failure for me.”
Zidane has led Real to back-to-back Champions League titles, two FIFA Club World Cups, and the La Liga championship. He has a 70.7% win record and has witnessed just 13 losses from 123 games in two years. However, almost half of the losses have occurred this season, highlighting what a rut the team is in.
With Barça running away with La Liga and no domestic cup to compete in, the Champions League is Real Madrid’s only chance to win silverware this season.
But winning a third successive Champions League trophy will be a tough ask, given the standard of Real’s next opponents in the competition: Paris Saint-Germain, a team that – with Neymar, Edinson Cavani, and Kylian Mbappé – is in swashbuckling form.
Losing to PSG could get Zidane the sack, according to MARCA, but the manager wants to look at things “positively.” He added: “We must apologise to the fans. We have a game on Saturday [against Villarreal] and on February 14 we have a Champions League game [against PSG].”