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Zidane admits his job is not safe ahead of Real Madrid’s clash with Atletico

Date Posted,April 6, 2017

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has admitted his job is not safe and says he has not started planning for pre-season.

Real, who face rivals Atletico on Saturday, side are two points clear at the top of the table and have played one game fewer than second place Barcelona. A point will be enough to hold on to keep them top of La Liga, even if Barcelona win.

Los Blancos are on course for their first league title since 2012, but Zidane is taking nothing for granted.

“No, [I’m not safe] at all,” said Zidane. “I’m not preparing anything. What I do is what is left for this season.

“I know this club, I know what it is to coach Real Madrid, for better or worse. I’m ready for every eventuality. I’ll only talk about the next game, and it will be like that until my last day as coach here.

Cristiano Ronaldo during training on Friday (Photo: AFP)
Mateo Kovacic, James Rodriguez and Pepe (Photo: AFP)
Ronaldo eyes the ball (Photo: AFP)

“I don’t know what will happen after the season ends.”

Toni Kroos, however, believes Zidane has been the key to Real’s resurgence and was full of praise for his manager.

“When he arrived about 15 months ago, the situation was not ideal in the club, nor in the team, but he changed everything,” said Kroos.

“Zidane created a very positive environment and defined a completely different direction from the one we had followed.

Fabio Coentrao, Karim Benzema, Keylor Navas and Ronaldo (Photo: AFP)
Ronaldo heads the ball (Photo: AFP)
Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane (Photo: AFP)

“I love working with him because we have a very good relationship, we think the same way about the style of play, and he also gives me the feeling of being important.

“Since he arrived, the team plays much better than before. So much so that in the same campaign in which he took the reins of the team, we managed to win the Champions League.

“This season we are fighting for the two competitions, all thanks to him.”

Real will be without defender Raphael Varane, who has picked up an Achilles injury, while Atletico boss Diego Simeone will be without Tiago (knee), Augusto Fernandez (cruciate ligament rupture), Miguel Angel Moya (hamstring) and Sime Vrasljko (knee). Kevin Gameiro (hamstring) and Nico Gaitan (foot) are both considered major doubts.

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