Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane badly wants a win from a troublesome journey to Sevilla on Saturday to revive the La Liga champions’ fortunes as they sit in an undignified fourth position.
Local media say the Frenchman has simply two video games to save his job after Real lost three of their final 5 in all competitions, and are seven factors off prime spot of their marketing campaign to retain the Spanish title.
Zidane was defiant after the most recent setback: a 2-0 Champions League defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
“I will not resign … We’ve had tricky times in the past, and there will always be difficult times. It’s a bad series of results, that’s the truth, but we have to continue,” he stated.
“I have the strength to continue and I’ll give my all and so will the players.”
Real’s defence has appeared susceptible, particularly with out captain Sergio Ramos, who stays a doubt for the Saturday afternoon go to to his boyhood membership with a hamstring subject.
Full-backs Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola may even possible be lacking, as will midfielder Federico Valverde and forwards Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.
The irony of the state of affairs is not going to be lost on Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked by Real and changed by Zidane in October 2019. Sevilla are one level behind Real in fifth position with a recreation in hand.
Atletico Madrid, the division’s solely unbeaten aspect, might quickly prime the desk once they host Valladolid on Saturday night. Diego Simeone’s aspect sit two factors behind Real Sociedad although they’ve performed two fewer video games.
Atletico ahead Luis Suarez could also be obtainable if he returns a unfavorable take a look at after self-isolating for COVID-19, however strike accomplice Diego Costa is unquestionably absent with deep vein thrombosis.
Barcelona, who like perennial rivals Real are additionally struggling, go to shock bundle Cadiz on Saturday evening.
The newly-promoted outfit, who sit one place above the Catalans in sixth, have already crushed Real this season.
Elsewhere, league leaders Sociedad journey to Alaves in a Basque derby, whereas Eibar host Valencia on Monday.