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Press Box: Zidane on his future; Emery looking to overcome history

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been forced to discuss his future ahead of the Champions League tie with Paris Saint Germain on Wedneday evening.

The French boss has been under increasing pressure for Santiago Bernabeu this season after falling behind Barcelona in terms of the title race and exiting the Copa del Rey after defeat to Leganes.

Approaching the game with Ligue 1 leaders PSG, Zidane knows that nothing short of a win will keep his job safe and bring some chance of success to the club this season.

Heading into the tie, Madrid are in good form after thumping Real Sociedad 5-2 in the league on Saturday, whilst visiting side PSG beat Toulouse 1-0.

The former midfielder has been speaking ahead of the tie, and said that he is not thinking about his future.

“My only thoughts are on tomorrow’s match, not my own future,” Zidane told reporters on Tuesday.

“Some issues are totally out of my control and my only thoughts are on the game, preparing for it both tactically and making sure the player’s approach is right, which I’m sure it will be.

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“It is fantastic to be a part of such important matches, there is pressure which comes with it but that is normal and I enjoy the pressure, as do my players.

“This is not a final for me, my only thoughts are on the team playing well because if we do that then we have a big chance.

“Will the BBC play? You will know tomorrow how we will start the match, but right now I will not tell you about the system and shape of our team.

“Guti a future Madrid Coach? Yes, he is definitely capable of doing it someday – he has spent most of his life here so that is natural.”

Emery looking to over history against Madrid

The former Sevilla boss has had little personal success against Madrid, whilst PSG are seeking revenge as a team against Zidane’s side and the Spanish coach has said his side are out to change history and move forwards in their hunt to win the Champions League title.

“Right now, Real Madrid are the best team in the world, in terms of the number of trophies they’ve won and the fact that they have the best players,” Emery told a news conference Friday

“Cristiano Ronaldo is an example. In the biggest games, the best players turn up.

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“They have those kinds of players and we do too.”

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