Zidane at his wits' end: the reasons why the Real Madrid coach is not happy
The coach has been on the verge of exploding on a number of occasions and retorted to a question in today's press conference. He feels he isn't being backed...
Zidane lost his cool in today's press conference in Valdebebas. Tension has been simmering for Real Madrid coach during the past few weeks - it's a heated situation, he is not happy and feels that he is being targeted unfairly. Problems have been accumulating as have his confrontations with the media. Zidane and Real Madrid have known happier times but instead of returning from his period of self-isolation calmer, stress and anxiety marked today's press briefing and at one point things boiled over. For a while, Zizou has been sending message to the club and feels that he isn't being protected.
These are just some of the reasons why Zidane is not happy...
Criticism has started to get to him
Back on 21 January, Zidane gave an inkling of what was brewing. "What do you want? For us to just write off the rest of the season?" he retorted brusquely to reporter Ricardo Sierra during a Flash interview after the 1-2 defeat to Athletic which eliminated Madrid from the Spanish Super Cup. The Vamos journalist had simply asked is he felt that the defeat would negatively affect his team. It was surprising to hear a serious-looking Zizou come back with such a curt reply - far from the jovial, smiling and relaxed persona we are used to seeing. He also cut a very edgy figure during the run-in with Javier Tebas over the journey to Pamplona. Zidane belives that the press are out to get him - "If you don't want me here, then say so," was his complaint today, and also that Madrid are not giving him any protection.
He doesn't feel supported by the club
Madrid's only spokesman is Emilio Butragueño, Director of Institutional Relations, a figure whose role is more diplomatic than executive. With neither Florentino Pérez nor José Ángel Sánchez to deal with the media, Zidane has to do it all himself twice a week - often facing difficult questions such as his opinion on the decision to travel to Pamplona in spite of the havoc caused by the arctic weather, or being quizzed about signings - an area which is not his direct concern. The club has been preparing Raúl to eventually take the reins and for some time had considered Mourinho or Pochettino to take over the coaching job. Even Pochettino taking the PSG job has done little to ease the pressure.
No new signings... the squad getting weaker
No new deal for Ramos
One of those veteran players is Sergio Ramos. The defender has known Zizou since they were both team mates and that relationship has grown stronger since the Frenchman took over as coach. The defender's contract has been an issue for the past few months and it still hasn't been resolved. Ramos stood up for Zidane in Istanbul back in October when the coach was on the brink of being sacked for the team's defeat to Galatasaray. "With other coaches, the yardstick has been different..." he said with reference to Mourinho: "Zizou deserves respect". Zidane returned the favour publicly - first by hailing the central defender as the best in football history and then by expressing his impatience that the club had not renewed his contract. The low level of tension between Ramos and Madrid is also being felt within the dressing room, among players who are already miffed about taking a pay cut.
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