Zinedine Zidane insists he has absolutely no intention to resign as Real Madrid manager after their poor run of form continued with a 2-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
They may be La Liga champions, but this season is not going to plan so far, sitting fourth in the domestic league table and in danger of being eliminated from the Champions league at the group stage.
The loss to the Ukrainians leaves Real third in Group B with just one game to play, against group leaders Gladbach.
The defeat meant the last five games have produced one win, one draw and three losses for Zidane’s side ahead of three big fixtures as they face Sevilla and Atletico Madrid in La Liga, either side of the crucial meeting with Gladbach at the Bernabeu.
Asked whether he was considering resigning from his post, Zidane was clear, saying he had no intention to and that his side were unfortunate against Shakhtar, having played well in the first half of the 2-0 defeat..
‘No. I’m not going to resign,’ Zidane said via AS. ‘And we’re going to carry on. In the first half, we played well. It would have been a different game if we’d got the first goal. Their goal did us a lot of damage, because we were playing well. We had two or three chances, and hit the post. It didn’t want to go in.
‘We’ve had tricky moments and we’re always going to have them. We’re on a bad run of results – there’s no getting away from that. But we have to keep on going.
‘This was a cup final, we prepared for it very well, and put in a good first-half display. We know that we have another game to go that we have to win. There are always tricky moments at this club.
‘I’m going to give my all, as I always do. In La Liga [against Alavés] we didn’t deserve to win, but we did today. That’s football. We have to pick ourselves up and focus on the next game. I always say the same, but that’s the way it is. We have to focus on the next game, which is important too.’
‘It’s a tough moment, but we have to show the character and the pride that we have. It’s a shame. We’re going to have to win our next game because today it wasn’t to be. We’re going to keep the faith and carry on fighting.’
‘I don’t know if I will ever be coach of Real Madrid because football takes you where it wants to but for sure, it’s my dream,’ Pochettino told Cadena Cope radio.
‘If it’s not the best, it’s among the best clubs in the world. It has a great history and I think I’m no different from other football professionals.
‘Any coach would have on their dream list to guide Real Madrid.’
The bookmakers have the Argentinian as clear favourite to be next Real Madrid manager, ahead of former Juventus boss Max Allegri.