Zinedine Zidane: I’m not afraid of being fired

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has claimed that he does not fear losing his job at the helm of Los Blancos even if he will face that fate at some point.

The World Cup winner replaced Rafael Benitez in the Santiago Bernabeu hotseat this January, and led them to La Undecima in the Champions League – the 11th time the team was crowned Europe’s best club.

However, the Frenchman failed to deliver the La Liga title. Furthermore, after an impressive start this season Real Madrid has not won a game since a 2-0 victory over Espanyol on September 18, drawing four successive games and adding persistent pressure to the team.

“Of course I will get thrown out, I don’t know when.” he said. “It could be six months, could be a year. It is something normal, it is the reality, that is why I try to enjoy every moment.”

“When I drive into Valdebebas, on the way from my car to my office I look at the trees and enjoy them. I am enjoying the moment. I tell myself that this is an incredible opportunity.”

“I thoroughly enjoy what I do. I have an incredible opportunity, I am happy wth what I do. I enjoy my job, which is not always easy.”

“But I want to learn and advance. Working with these great players I learn every day. I am dedicated to what I do on the field. What is interesting to me is the week [of training], more than the matches.”

Zidane also added that his team’s struggles were not due to physical issues, and remarked on the importance of time in and off the pitch.

“Right now, we are having trouble at the start of the matches, but we are looking for a solution,” the 44-year-old said. “Right now it is complicated. I must fix the problem, but I think the problem is psychological, not physical.”

“I have talked to the players about the rotations. They are necessary because if you don’t play enough you can’t play well when the team really needs you,” he said.

“Cristiano (Ronaldo)? It is normal that he gets angry when we take him out, that is good. He wants to play all the time and help the club. That is good, but I don’t think anyone can play 60 matches in one season. “

“After the Euros, he needed some time to rest. In 1998, I returned too soon and I had a horrible season.”

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