Real Madrid: An update on Zinedine Zidane’s job security before El Clasico

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid suffered humiliating defeats in back-to-back games. Is Zinedine Zidane feeling the pressure before El Clasico?

Only the most impatient Real Madrid fans are calling for Zinedine Zidane to lose his job after two losses. The French manager has guided Real to three straight Champions League titles in the past, and while he cannot coast on his reputation, his results last season were impressive, too. Perhaps only Zidane could have turned Real around in 2019-2020 and guided Los Blancos to a 34th La Liga title.

But this season, Real Madrid are showing serious issues. Tactically, they have not made any progress since last season, and Vinicius Junior seems to be the only young forward thriving under Zidane. Rodrygo Goes and Luka Jovic are getting chances, but they aren’t doing much. And Zidane often seems unwilling to adjust his system for the 60 million euro striker he purportedly asked the club to sign.

According to a report from Onda Cero’s Edu Pidal, Zinedine Zidane is, thankfully, at no risk of being fired by Real Madrid. Even if Los Blancos lose to Barcelona in Saturday’s Clasico at the Camp Nou, Zidane will not be fired.

It’s reassuring to hear Real Madrid don’t plan on firing Zinedine Zidane

That’s reassuring news, even if it is not surprising. Real Madrid would have to spiral into incompetence if they made such a rash decision, because there is nobody better for this team than Zidane. And if Real want to sign players like Kylian Mbappe and Eduardo Camavinga next summer, they may need Zidane to lead the project and recruit them, then guide the young players to the ways of the club.

However, Pidal states something that is concerning, which is the possibility of Zidane resigning his post if he feels the “situation is critical”. And that, as Pidal says, is 100 percent up to the manager.

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This weekend’s game against Barcelona feels even more massive in the context of Real Madrid’s losses to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, which were inexcusable. The best way for Zidane and the squad to answer for those performances is by playing well at the Camp Nou. As long as they get a result, things should smooth over.