Raymond Domenech has spoken about Real Madrid’s troubles this season and the long term future of boss Zinedine Zidane.
Madrid have had a rather strange start to the La Liga season, having dropped points against the likes of Girona and Real Betis – however, they have picked up in recent weeks, going four consecutive wins before the international break.
Much was predicted for the Saturday evening clash with rivals and city neighbours Atletico, but the scoreline left Madrid fans unhappy and sitting a massive ten points behind main title contenders Barca.
Despite the draw against Diego Simeone’s side, Zidane is expected to be backed by Madrid bosses and French coach Domenech believes his future at the club is long term.
“Look at Sir Alex Ferguson he had problems,” Domenech told Goal at the Wyscout Forum at Stamford Bridge. “He may have been one or two matches from being sacked, he was at the bottom of his time at Manchester United but we saw what he did after.
“Even the biggest coaches have problems, sometimes you have difficulties and then you have to build again. You can’t win in Europe in every season, champions of Spain every season. It is difficult to live with but he has to live with it.
“I think it will be different for Zidane [than other Real Madrid coaches]. He has been a great player at Madrid, he won twice in the Champions League. He won the league ahead of Barcelona. He has a long time for the fans to forget. The players will be first to be sacked, Zidane only after that.
“Manchester United and Arsenal have shown patience with coaches can mean success. Money makes people think that they can have the best team in Europe overnight, no, they need time. I don’t think mentalities are going to change though.
“Media now, one bad result and they say the coaches are the problem. Two bad results is a problem and after three bad results they want a new one, that’s a big problem.”
Barca, who are unbeaten in 12 league games, beat Leganes 3-0 thanks to goals from Luis Suarez (2) and Paulinho, whilst second placed Valencia continued to keep the pace as they beat Espanyol 2-0 away from home.
Madrid will now prepare for the weekend clash with Malaga hoping to bounce back, after they meet APOEL in the Champions League in midweek where victory would see them through the knock-out stages of the competition.
Boss Zinedine Zidane will find himself without the injured Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic.