Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane

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Real Madrid sink to another low: Is time running out for Zidane?

He certainly knows that better than anyone else.

Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane

Photo: AFP

Spanish giants Real Madrid sunk to another low on Wednesday when they were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by lowly Leganes, going down 2-1 in the home leg for a 2-2 aggregate score which saw them crash out of the competition by virtue of the away goal rule.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are in unfamiliar territory in terms of league standings as they sit in fifth place – a whopping 19 points behind bitter rivals Barcelona – and, with title ambitions on that front well and truly over, the Copa del Rey provided a chance at silverware.

Unfortunately, they spurned that as well and pressure has no doubt mounted on the Frenchman at the helm.

In the aftermath of the latest shock defeat, he was first to admit responsibility for his team’s failure.

“Yes, I feel very responsible,” Zidane said.

“We didn’t play the game, especially in the first half, after winning a complicated game away. We didn’t play well enough today, we didn’t play how we had to play. We can say what we want but it’s very hard, it’s a difficult night for everyone.”

He added that his main focus now is to fix things and ensure that they perform better when they take on a resurgent Valencia who are currently third on the table.

“We will look at the situation and I will first because I am to blame. We can’t change things, there were 90 minutes to do that and we didn’t. Now we have to think about tomorrow, to get up and keep working because on Saturday there is another game,” he said.

How much time does Zidane have left at Madrid?

The Frenchman was first to admit that his job may be on the line, clearly aware of the club’s revolving-door policy when it comes to managers.

Prior to him taking up the hot seat, he was involved with the club’s youth structures and has been around long enough to know that his days may be numbered unless a sharp turnaround in results.

His only saving grace might be leading his side to an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title – that is if he manages to  buy himself enough time to be able to see that through.

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