Can Zidane save his job at Real Madrid" - football




Can Zidane save his job at Real Madrid"

Can Zidane save his job at Real Madrid"



Real Madrid v Paris St-Germain – Champions League – round of 16

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu Date: Wednesday, 14 February Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app and updates on BBC Radio 5 live

Real Madrid were desperate. It was the last minute of added time and they needed an equaliser. This attack would be their last chance.
Luka Modric received possession around 30 yards from goal, in the centre of the pitch.
To his right, Lucas Vazquez was making an overlapping run and was unmarked, in a good position to deliver a dangerous cross.

Modric saw him and played the pass? but he inexplicably hit it too hard, too far ahead of Vazquez, and the ball went straight out for a throw-in.
Seconds later, the final whistle blew and Real Madrid had been knocked out of the Copa del Rey. At home. By Leganes. After winning the first leg.
And although it was by no means decisive to the outcome, Modric’s error can be seen as an encapsulation of their decline: here was one of the best passers in the world, unable to even make a simple short pass to an unmarked team-mate. It made no sense, just like their whole season has made no sense.
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Zinedine Zidane is among those who can offer no explanation for his team’s disintegration, and it is looking like he is running out of time to find a cure. If Real are knocked out of the Champions League by Paris St-Germain, there is little chance of him surviving into next season.
Could a manager who has won the Champions League in each of his two seasons in charge, as well as last season’s La Liga, really be facing the sack"
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