It was said with its back to the wall, after two consecutive defeats, against Cadiz in La Liga (0-1) and then four days later against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League (2-3). Long considered untouchable, did Zinedine Zidane save his head thanks to Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou? What is certain is that a defeat in the Clasico would not have helped his case. But he is not out of the woods so far. Because the Merengue club already has almost no choice in C1 before moving on the lawn of Borussia Mönchengladbach on Tuesday evening, a week before the reception of Inter Milan.
Kroos: “We never had any doubts about Zidane”
Kroos: “We never doubted Zidane”
A second straight defeat in the prestigious European competition would undoubtedly be a stain. But the French coach can count on the support of his players, whom he systematically defends and never criticizes publicly. And they spared no effort in the eternal Catalan rival, winning their first success in their lair in La Liga since 2016. “We never doubted Zidane, proclaimed Toni Kroos at a press conference. We win and we lose together. We cannot say that we are not behind him because we lost once. It’s the easiest thing to do when something’s wrong, but you’re not like that. “
“The pressure will always be there”
And what does the person think? As usual, the 1998 world champion, who left Isco and Marcelo on the bench in Barcelona, did not try to put himself forward, praising the merits of his players. The man is not the type to crack under the pressure inherent in his position. Even more in a club as exposed as Real Madrid. Almost a year ago to the day, “ZZ” had already been very contested before a Champions League match against Galatasaray, due to a particularly complicated start to the season. “Me, I want to be there, on the bench, always. We know the situation. But your question, you have to ask someone else, he replied, while he was questioned about his future. I’m not surprised, no. People are free to give their opinion. I experienced it as a player, then as a coach. I also like these complicated moments, a little difficult. (…) The pressure will always be there. “ And so far, he’s managed it pretty well …
Zidane: “Easy matches don’t exist anymore”