With pressure continuing to build over Zinedine Zidane’s future as Real Madrid boss, a former teammate has called for the Frenchman to remain at the Bernabeu, regardless of what happens when Los Blancos face Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League last 16 round.
Guti, who is currently the head coach of Real’s Juvenil A side, offered his views on Zidane’s position whilst speaking to El Chiringuito de Jugones in the lead up to this evening’s clash in the Spanish capital.
Discussing his Galáctico era colleague on the television show on Monday night, Guti said:
“This is the last chance for Real Madrid, but I hope there is sanity and that it isn’t Zidane’s last chance, we cannot forget what he has done.”
The side is currently sitting in fourth place in La Liga, a point behind Valencia with a game in hand. They are 17 points behind leaders Barcelona. Having been knocked out of the Copa del Rey after a shock 2-1 home defeat to Leganés, many are viewing a third successive Champions League win as the only hope Zizou has for remaining as manager at the end of the season.
A hero in Madrid, Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez as Real manager in January 2016 and has achieved 89 wins in 126 games, averaging a win percentage of 70.63%. He has led the club to two Champions League trophies, as well as two UEFA Super Cups and FIFA Club World Cups, the Supercopa de Espana in 2017, and they were named last season’s La Liga champions.
Guti has had a terrific start to his managerial career, with his Under 18 side completing a domestic treble last year. This has led to talk about whether he would be a suitable candidate to replace Zidane as Real manager, and the former midfielder mentioned that it would be hard to turn down such an offer. Guti said:
“How would I not want to coach Real Madrid someday? If Florentino offered me the first team I would say yes, I am ready.”