Actual Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane badly wants a win from a tricky journey to Sevilla on Saturday to revive the La Liga champions’ fortunes as they sit in an undignified fourth place. Native media say the Frenchman has simply two video games to avoid wasting his job after Actual misplaced three of their final 5 in all competitions, and are seven factors off prime spot of their marketing campaign to retain the Spanish title.
Zidane was defiant after the most recent setback: a 2-0 Champions League defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
“I can’t resign … We’ve had difficult occasions previously, and there’ll at all times be troublesome occasions. It’s a foul collection of outcomes, that’s the reality, however we have now to proceed,” he stated.
“I’ve the energy to proceed and I’ll give my all and so will the gamers.”
Actual’s defence has appeared susceptible, particularly with out captain Sergio Ramos, who stays a doubt for the Saturday afternoon go to to his boyhood membership with a hamstring problem.
Full-backs Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola can even seemingly be lacking, as will midfielder Federico Valverde and forwards Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.
The irony of the state of affairs won’t be misplaced on Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked by Actual and changed by Zidane in October 2019. Sevilla are one level behind Actual in fifth place with a sport in hand.
Atletico Madrid, the division’s solely unbeaten facet, might quickly prime the desk once they host Valladolid on Saturday night. Diego Simeone’s facet sit two factors behind Actual Sociedad although they’ve performed two fewer video games.
Atletico ahead Luis Suarez could also be out there if he returns a damaging take a look at after self-isolating for COVID-19, however strike companion Diego Costa is unquestionably absent with deep vein thrombosis.
Barcelona, who like perennial rivals Actual are additionally struggling, go to shock bundle Cadiz on Saturday night time.
The newly-promoted outfit, who sit one place above the Catalans in sixth, have already overwhelmed Actual this season.
Elsewhere, league leaders Sociedad journey to Alaves in a Basque derby, whereas Eibar host Valencia on Monday.