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The only title he has not won: Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid’s cup curse | The State

Zinedine Zidane spread his black legend in his cursed competition, the Copa del Rey, the only one he has not conquered as a Real Madrid coach, falling to a Second B team like Alcoyano, further deepening the club’s sporting crisis and letting another tournament escape in a week after its fall in the Super Cup.

From the “Alcorconazo” that left Manuel Pellegrini marked to the collapse against Alcoyano that places Zinedine Zidane in his most delicate moment. Real Madrid once again starred in a black chapter in its history 11 years later. On October 27, 2009 he was thrashed in Santo Domingo, 4-0 by an Alcorcón who played in Second B and eliminated him in a two-legged tie.

A team with 700,000 euros budget compounded Real Madrid’s troubles in a second slump in his season. Unexpected after reacting to the first with six consecutive victories, but the closing of 2020 with the draw in the visit to Elche, was a warning of the decline of the beginning of 2021.

Alone a win of the last five games and such painful defeats like the one suffered against Athletic Club in the semifinals of the Super Cup and the one that makes it hit rock bottom against Alcoyano. In six days, two of the four titles those who chose have escaped the white team.

Zidane suffered it in a cruel way, unable to outperform a lower two-tier team and in numerical inferiority in the extension. Some with months of inactivity such as Álvaro Odriozola or the Brazilian Militao, others showing that they are far from equaling their past at the club, Marcelo or Isco Alarcón, and pointed out for letting a train pass footballers such as Vinicius and Mariano Díaz.

Zidane’s future is complicated and heThe Copa del Rey may remain the only competition that resisted the second most awarded coach in the history of the white club. He has led 16 games in the competition and suffered four hard-to-digest defeats.

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After the ridicule against Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey: the future of Zinedine Zidane, on the table | The State

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane showed uncertainty when asked about his continuity on the white bench after the embarrassing elimination in the Copa del Rey against Alcoyano, a Second B team

“When you lose there are always things that are talked about but I take responsibility and what will happen will happen. I’m quiet. When we are on the field the players want to win the gameThey try, but sometimes different things happen. We have to assume it and we will see what happens these days“, He affirmed after being asked if he fears for his future.

The French coach assumed full responsibility for the elimination of a Copa del Rey what is he the only title he has not won with Real Madrid.

“This is football, they are difficult things because it is a Second B and we have to win the gamebut in the end it has not come out. It is not a shame, they are things that happen in a footballer’s career. I take full responsibility and we will continue working. We are not going to go crazy ”.

Zidane thinks that his message continues to reach the locker room and that it is not the cause of the crisis of results and the irregularity of this season. “I think they continue to believe, we work and we try. We have done good things, lately less. We are with the League and the Champions, we have to concentrate because things can be done. You have to ask the players if they get the message, I think so and we are in the same boat ”.


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‘’ One more excuse from the coach ’’, lawsuit between Zidane and President of La Liga prior to the Super Cup | The State

Four days have passed since Real Madrid’s bumpy trip to PamplonaThe least of that game seems to have been the zero draw against Osasuna, or the poor performance of the “Merengues.”

The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas defended himself of the claims against him for not suspending the match of day 18 due to a winter storm, “What has bothered me the most is the version that has been given of Real Madrid’s trip.”he declared.

Tebas insisted that “if AENA says that there is no possibility of taking off Real Madrid would not have taken off “ and that “The final decision to travel is made by Real Madrid”.

I don’t know the information that Zidane had. I have seen so many excuses that the coaches have given when the games they have not this will be one more“, Tebas adapted in an interview for TVE, after the technician spoke of the convenience of having postponed the meeting to its conclusion.

For his part, before these statements, the coach of the white box, Zinedine Zidane, affirmed that it was not an excuse. “It doesn’t bother me, I don’t care, I said what I said the other day, it was what I was thinking at the time but they are not excuses or anything, it was evidenceHe said in his first reply on the matter.

“I’m not going to get involved, nor am I going to answer. This is past and now we are thinking about tomorrow’s game, which is what interests me the most, ”he added.

Preparation for the Super Cup closes in Malaga

Real Madrid completed in The Rose Garden, scene of the second semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup that faces Athletic Club, his last training session to close his preparation with the absences of Dani Carvajal and Serbian Luka Jovic.

“We feel good, we have been preparing the game for days, happy we can play it. We are prepared, we will have to compete against a very strong rival that will make us run a lot and fight. We will try to have a great game, “he said at a press conference on the eve of the semifinal.

It was the last chance to define his starting team for Zinedine Zidane, with clear ideas in a block to which he has given continuity and a single doubt to clear, the one chosen to cover the absence of Dani Carvajal, due to a muscular mishap, on the right side. Everything points to the continuity of Lucas Vazquez although it also has options Nacho Fernandez.

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Zinedine Zidane casts doubt on Real Madrid future amid open La Liga title race

Zinedine Zidane admitted being Real Madrid boss “takes a lot out of you” as he refused to commit his future to the Spanish giants.

Zidane, 48, returned for a second stint in the Santiago Bernabeu hot seat in March 2019 after a glittering two-and-a-half-season tenure between 2016 and 2018.

The Frenchman picked up his fifth major honour as a manager by leading Los Blancos to the La Liga title last July.

Zidane is under contract in the Spanish capital until the summer of 2022 but suggested the stress that comes with management means there is no guarantee he will pen a new deal.

Zidane has cast doubt over his future with Real

Quizzed on whether he would sign a new long-term contract with Real, Zidane responded: “It takes a lot out of you, but it’s a great position here.

‘I’m lucky enough to say I’m manager of Real Madrid and take advantage of every moment.

“I can’t say a month, a year or four years. Life is just about the day to day.

Los Blancos won La Liga last season

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“That’s what I’m interested in: the day to day, to give everything I can, in every training session, every game. That’s what I’m interested in.

“The rest? I don’t know what’s going to happen in one week. That’s why we have to take advantage of the moment.”

While Real can go top of La Liga with victory over Celta Vigo on Saturday night, Atletico Madrid have the advantage in the title race with multiple games in hand at the table’s summit.

But Zidane was unfazed by his local rivals’ lead, adding: “Being first means you have an advantage, and that’s it. We just have to keep on going. We can’t control [Atleti being favourites].

“They have an advantage because they’re first, and that’s it. People are speaking a lot about Atletico now, because, as I said, they’re first.

“But the nice thing about this league, right up until the end, it’s going to be an open league – as it always is. We’ll see.”

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Bale slammed amid Tottenham struggles as Zidane decision proved correct

Gareth Bale has been the subject of a scathing attack in the Spanish press as his Tottenham struggles continue.

The Welshman returned to north London on loan in the summer in a move that attracted plenty of attention.

Bale was a roaring success at Tottenham before leaving and had fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane had copped criticism for freezing Bale out at the Bernabeu with the pair clearly not seeing eye to eye.

But a piece published in Marca has highlighted how the Los Blancos boss may have been correct with Bale unable to even nail down a regular starting spot.

The forward has largely been used as a squad player by Jose Mourinho.

Gareth Bale is not a guaranteed starter at Tottenham

A recent illness ruled him out but the 31-year-old has only scored once in the Premier League so far.

The Spanish press also appeared to mock Bale’s role as a “relegated” Europa League player with Mourinho often fielding weakened teams in the competition.

Throughout his time in Madrid the Welshman was seen as the scapegoat and endured a difficult relationship with both the media and his own fans, with Bale having to face boos from the Bernabeu crowd at times.

His mammoth salary made the situation even more complicated with Los Blancos unable to move him on.

It was a similar scenario for James Rodriguez, now of Everton.

Zinedine Zidane rarely made use of the Welshman last season

The Colombian was signed in 2014 by Carlo Ancelotti but had become a peripheral figure as his time at Madrid went on.

He reunited with the Italian boss when he was at Bayern Munich and did so for a third time when he completed a move to Everton this summer.

Rodriguez got off to an impressive start as the Toffees topped the table early on, but injuries have halted his momentum.

Zidane’s Madrid continue to struggle having scrapped through their Champions League group.

But the consensus in Spain is that the Frenchman has been proved right regarding his stance on Bale and Rodriguez.

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The controversial Christmas photo for which Zinedine Zidane has been severely criticized | The State

Zinedine Zidane is in the eye of the hurricane.

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The technical director of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, is taking a vacation with his family in the French Alps, but has been heavily criticized as he was seen in a photograph exceeding the allowed number of people within the same place in France, due to the pandemic.

During Christmas Eve, the members of the Zidane family shared various images of the festivities and one was leaked where The coach of Real Madrid appears with 11 other members of the family posing in a picture, when in France only meetings of 6 people are allowed. The image was deleted a few minutes after it was published, but various media and followers replicated it on their networks.

Shortly after, Zidane posted a new image, as if trying to amend the above, since it is only seen with 5 members, which add up to 6, that is, respecting the indication of the authorities.

Zidane will have to return to Madrid these days, since On December 30, his team will face Elche at the Martínez Valero Stadium in a duel on matchday 16 of La Liga. Upon arrival at the club, he will surely undergo a PCR test to confirm that he has not been infected and, if it is negative, he will be able to sit on the bench next Wednesday.


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Zinedine Zidane delivers Thierry Henry snub in Karim Benzema assessment

Zinedine Zidane has snubbed his former teammate Thierry Henry by naming Karim Benzema as the greatest French striker ever.

The Real Madrid boss had the pleasure of playing alongside Henry in France’s World Cup and European Championship winning teams of 1998-2000.

But in his view the former Arsenal legend is no match for his Los Blancos frontman Benzema.

Zidane hailed his No.9 following Benzema’s decisive brace against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday night.

“[Benzema] is the best,” Zidane said. “Without playing a really good game today, he scored twice again.

“He always shows up, that’s what the great players do.”

Zidane hailed Benzema as France’s best-ever forward

Asked whether Benzema is the greatest forward produced from his homeland, Zidane replied: “For me, yes.

“He shows it with what he’s doing. He’s played at Real Madrid for a long time, more than 500 games.

“His goals, his trophies, what he’s done, they speak for themselves. For me he’s the best, yes, it’s clear.”

Benzema has now been plying his trade at Madrid for over a decade, during which time he has won four Champions League titles, as well as La Liga three times, among a total haul of 18 major trophies.

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He now sits fourth on Madrid’s all-time scoring list, and is closing in on club legend Alfredo di Stefano, who is seven goals ahead in third place.

Zidane has overseen many of Benzema’s successes, and feels the forward brings so much more to his team than meets the eye.

“He isn’t a pure No9, only thinking about goals. That’s why I love him,” Zidane added.

“He doesn’t only have that in his head. He links up, passes to teammates.

“That’s what I like in football, and he has both things.”

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France's all-time top scorer Thierry Henry was snubbed by ex-teammate Zidane
France’s all-time top scorer Thierry Henry was snubbed by ex-teammate Zidane

Despite Benzema’s impressive goalscoring record at club level, he has not played for the France national team since 2015.

He was frozen out of the international squad due to accusations he blackmailed ex-teammate Mathieu Valbuena over an alleged sex tape – claims which he vehemently denies.

It is perhaps as a result that he ranks only 10th on his country’s all-time charts in terms of goals – a list topped by Henry, who has almost double Benzema’s tally.

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What Zidane’s latest admission means for Pogba’s ‘dream’ Real Madrid move

“All football players would love to play for Real Madrid. It is a dream for me, why not one day?” Paul Pogba asked earlier this year.

And since the Manchester United midfielder’s admission, Mino Raiola has cast further doubt on his Old Trafford future, by suggesting he will look to leave the club next year.

Raiola came out earlier this week and said his client’s time with Red Devils was “over” and that it was best for all parties that he was sold in January, or in next summer’s transfer window.

But as the super-agent also admitted: “With the Covid impact, many clubs can’t sign him.”

Mino Raiola has claimed Paul Pogba will leave Old Trafford in 2021

The fact that United will want to recoup a good chunk of the £89million they paid for Pogba in 2016, as well as his hefty salary, means that only a very select few teams will be able to sanction a deal.

Real Madrid are undoubtedly one of the clubs that could be in the market for the World Cup winner, particularly with Zinedine Zidane in the Bernabeu dugout.

According to Marca, Zidane has been asking Real president Florentino Perez to sign Pogba for over a year, with the hope that in 2019 a deal would be done before he returned from a holiday.

United played hardball at the time, refusing to negotiate with Los Blancos, while the player’s wages also proved a stumbling block.

The report adds that Zidane is the only man at the La Liga giants that still wants to complete a deal for Pogba, but his latest admission suggests he may not be in the capital for the long haul.

Speaking after his side qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League, the Real boss admitted that he had no intention of following Sir Alex Ferguson’s United blueprint, hinting he could leave in the near-future.

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Zinedine Zidane’s position at the Bernabeu has come under pressure in recent months

“I am never going to be Madrid’s [Sir Alex] Ferguson, that’s for sure,” he told reporters, in reference to the legendary boss who spent more than 20 years at Old Trafford.

“I don’t know how long I am going to stay here, I don’t think about it.”

There appears to be many obstacles in the way of Pogba completing his “dream” move, but Zidane departing could be the final nail in the coffin.

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Zidane saves his head: Real Madrid got a good result from Seville | The State

Vinicius Junior caused an own goal from goalkeeper Yassine Bono, which gave the team the victory.

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After three games without victory, the Real Madrid He returned to the path of victory and did so in a difficult place against a rival who had been racked with three victories in a row.

With an own goal by the Sevillian goalkeeper, Yassine Bono, which caused Vinicius Jr. at minute 55, the white club (who today decided to play in black) will be able to breathe easy, at least one more week, mainly his DT, Zinedine Zidane, who already had water up to his neck after several bad results and lose the tip of the championship.

The duel was for Madrid in the first half, although the scoreboard did not move. For the second, Sevilla came out more aggressive, but that played against them, since the goal fell on a off-hook where the goalkeeper failed. Heading for the end there were dangerous plays from both sides, but the scoreboard remained 0-1 until the end.

With this result, Real Madrid rose to third place in the general table and was only 4 behind the leader, Real Sociedad, while extending its lead to 6 units over its staunch rival, Barcelona, ​​which ranks 7th with 14 points. On the other hand, Sevilla stayed in fifth place with 16.


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Ramos calls Real Madrid crisis meeting – but Zidane doesn’t attend

Real Madrid players reported held an emergency meeting on Thursday as the club’s dismal form was addressed.

AS report that club captain Sergio Ramos was behind the move in the wake of Real’s 2-0 Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

That result has left Real staring at the unthinkable prospect of exiting European football’s premier competition at the group stages, with the 13-times European champions needing to beat Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach next week in order to achieve qualification.

Real are also fourth in La Liga having suffered three defeats from their opening 10 matches, and currently sit seven points behind league leaders Real Sociedad.

Ramos has seemingly seen fit to call the squad together

Ramos is said to have called the meeting with the players, although the report adds that manager Zinedine Zidane didn’t attend.

AS claim that Ramos told teammates: “We are one victory away from getting through in the Champions League, we depend on ourselves and we have to give everything.

“This is Real Madrid, gentlemen. Together, we’ve come out of worse.”

Zidane is said to have been assured that he retains the support of the club’s senior players, including Ramos, Luka Modric and Marcelo, with Modric also seemingly voicing his backing for the Frenchman to the rest of the squad.

Zidane has come under pressure in recent weeks

However there are players on the fringes of Zidane’s plans such as Isco and Mariano who are less enamoured with the three-time Champions League winner at present.

Eyebrows had been raised by club president Florentino Perez’s presence at the club’s Valdebebas training ground on Thursday, but that was merely to take his place in a squad photo.

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