“I’m very happy to be home. I want to put this club back where it belongs.”
The Frenchman had only left the Bernabeu nine months earlier but was lured back to the job by Florentino Perez with the Spanish giants struggling both domestically and in Europe.
‘Never go back’ is a phrase often used in football – and Zidane is probably beginning to understand why.
The 37-year-old, who coached Los Blancos to an unprecedented three successive Champions League titles during his first spell as the club’s manager, has managed to win just seven of his first 16 games since returning.
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And he endured one of the worst moments of his managerial career on Wednesday night at the Parc des Princes, where his side were hammered 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
PSG were without several key players – including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani – but still managed to outclass the 13-time European champions.
The pressure is beginning to build on Zidane and unless things improve, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him gone before Christmas. Real Madrid are a ruthless club whose supporters demand success.
Zidane might be a legend but that will count for little unless results and performances get better.
Football fans on social media, meanwhile, are convinced that Zidane is nothing without a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo obviously played a pivotal role in Madrid’s success under Zidane, scoring a host of important goals – particularly in the Champions League.
‘Overrated’, ‘Fraud’ and ‘nothing without Ronaldo’ are just some of the terms being used about Zidane by various individuals on platforms like Twitter following Madrid’s latest defeat.
Some of the tweets might be a little on the harsh side but, in all honesty, they’ve still made us chuckle.
Here are some of the standout tweets…
Poor Zizou. He deserves better after everything he’s done for Real Madrid but this is modern football for you.
You’re only as good as your last game these days.