Champions League

Zidane won't let the criticism get to him

2019-10-22 10:14
Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane admits it's unpleasant to hear what his critics have to say but insists he can only focus on the job at hand.

Real sit bottom of Group A with just a single point after two games following a 3-0 defeat at Paris St Germain and a 2-2 home draw with Club Brugge.

Currently, Los Blancos are within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona, but this season's start in Europe, coupled with last season's distant third-place domestic finish, has left Zidane firmly in the spotlight.

Rumours are rife that Madrid are lining up Jose Mourinho for a second stint at the Bernabeu, should results fail to improve, but Zidane was cool when quizzed about his future ahead of tonight's game.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul, he said: "The past is in the past and football soon forgets about what you've achieved. That's the way things are in life. The important thing is the here and now.

"I'm upset about what's being said about me, but I can't stop people from having their opinions. I have to give my all as a coach, with my players and think positively.

"I've been at the club for 18 years. We know where we are, and that pressure will never go away. We're aware of the situation and will keep going until the end.

"Our first aim is to get the three-points tomorrow night. We know that it's an important game and one in which we have to put points on the board, given how things stand in the group.

"I'm just focusing on tomorrow night's game."

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Fixtures
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Lokomotiv Moscow v Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Stadium 19:55
Galatasaray v Club Brugge, Turk Telekom Arena 19:55
Juventus v Atletico Madrid, Allianz Stadium 22:00
Atalanta v Dinamo Zagreb, Atleti Azzurri d'Italia 22:00
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Real Madrid v Paris SG, Santiago Bernabeu 22:00
Red Star Belgrade v Bayern Munchen, Stadion Rajko Mitic 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 22:00
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Valencia v Chelsea, Mestalla 19:55
Zenit St. Petersburg v Lyon, Saint Petersburg Stadium 19:55
Liverpool v Napoli, Anfield 22:00
Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund, Camp Nou 22:00
Slavia Prague v Inter Milan, Eden Arena 22:00
Genk v Red Bull Salzburg, Luminus Arena 22:00
RB Leipzig v Benfica, Red Bull Arena 22:00
Lille v Ajax, Stade Pierre-Mauroy 22:00
Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Red Bull Salzburg v Liverpool, Red Bull Arena 19:55
Napoli v Genk, San Paolo 19:55
Ajax v Valencia, Amsterdam ArenA 22:00
Benfica v Zenit St. Petersburg, da Luz 22:00
Lyon v RB Leipzig, Groupama Stadium 22:00
Inter Milan v Barcelona, San Siro 22:00
Borussia Dortmund v Slavia Prague, Signal Iduna Park 22:00
Chelsea v Lille, Stamford Bridge 22:00
Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Dinamo Zagreb v Manchester City, Maksimir Stadium 19:55
Shakhtar Donetsk v Atalanta, Metalist Stadium 19:55
Bayern Munchen v Tottenham Hotspur, Allianz Arena 22:00
Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus, BayArena 22:00
Club Brugge v Real Madrid, Jan Breydel Stadion 22:00
Olympiacos v Red Star Belgrade, Karaiskakis Stadium 22:00
Paris SG v Galatasaray, Parc des Princes 22:00
Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow, Wanda Metropolitano 22:00
Saturday, 30 May 2020
TBA v TBA, Ataturk Olympic Stadium 02:00
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