“If you want me to go away, tell me in the face” – Corriere.it

It will not have been like Giovanni Trapattoni at the helm of Bayern Munich or as Alberto Malesani at Panathinaikos, but also Zinedine Zidane this time he got angry. For a whole season the Spanish press has been describing – without ever missing details – his difficulties on the Real Madrid bench. And with each sensational defeat, Raul, the successor, today coach of Real Castilla, appears. Ultimately, the Blancos are third at 10 points from Atletico Madrid, but have been eliminated in the Copa del Rey and Supercoppa (defeats against Alcoyano, a Serie C club, and Athletic Bilbao, who then won the trophy) and is in the round of 16 of Champions, where he will challenge Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta.

The outburst

So yesterday Friday 5 February, on the eve of the Liga match against Huesca, Zidane asked for respect for himself and for his players, that something (and even more) in recent years have won: “If you want me to go away, tell me in the face, not just behind me. One day I’m in, another I’m out, then a little more in, then we draw or lose and I’m out again. I get angry because we are trying to do our job, and we must be respected », the French coach said. That certainly didn’t stop there: «This squad deserves to go until the end of the season. We will try to do it as a team, but people only think about winning games. I don’t know what’s going to happen. We talk about many things, about changing the coach and more. If anyone wants me to stop, I won’t let them. The same goes for the players. We are not very well, it is true, but we want to change the situation. We won the League just last year, not 10 years ago, and we deserve to be able to fight again this year. I’m not happy being asked every time why we played a bad game. I don’t deserve this treatment by the press. I am lucky to be able to work with this team, we deserve some respect. If we don’t make it, I’ll be the first to take my responsibility. I’m a little angry, plus I’ve been locked up in a cage for two weeks and now I want to go out and show that I’ll fight to the end ».

February 6, 2021 (change February 6, 2021 | 09:18)

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