Zidane admits he is fighting for job after latest humbling

Date published: Thursday 25th January 2018 9:58

Zinedine Zidane admits that he is fighting to save his job as Real Madrid manager after their latest embarrassment.

Real were beaten 2-1 by Leganes in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday, meaning an overall defeat on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.

It is just the latest setback in a woeful season for Zidane’s side, who are fourth in La Liga, 19 points behind leaders Barcelona.

They have won the UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and Supercopa de España, but face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League as they look to defend their European crown once more.

Pressure is building on Zidane, and the Frenchman readily accepts he is at fault for the current malaise.

“Of course. That is really clear,” he replied when asked whether his future was now at stake. “I am responsible for this, I’m the coach.

“So I must find solutions. I must take on the situation. I will keep always fighting, keep working, try and look for things to make the team better. Nothing more.

“I don’t regret leaving out players. Some players needed to rest. On paper this was a competitive team, then in the first half no, we did not compete.”

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