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Zidane: “I don’t know if the sacking of Abelardo is good or bad for us tomorrow”

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The coach discussed Espanyol’s decision to sack their coach and also his own future.

Real Madrid CF v RCD Mallorca - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid face Espanyol on Sunday night and they’ll be taking on a club that just fired their head coach. It was announced on Saturday that Abelardo won’t continue as Espanyol coach, with sporting director Rufete taking over for the rest of the season.

Asked about this decision in his pre-match press conference, Zidane replied: “I don’t know if that’s good or bad for us. It’s a decision for Espanyol. I just feel sorry for Abelardo. We need to think about how it’ll be tough tomorrow against Espanyol. They have to fight and they need points in their relegation battle.”

Real Madrid are the only club in LaLiga to have won all four of their matches since the restart, but Zidane isn’t focussing on the past. On that, he said: “We had 11 finals, now we have seven. Even though we’ve won four games it doesn’t mean anything.”

Finally, Zidane focussed on his own career during this press conference and on his plans. Asked about how long he sees himself staying at Real Madrid this time, he said: “I feel I’m an atypical coach, so anything can happen. I don’t know how long I’ll be a coach for. I’m not planning anything long term. In my head, it’s only the day to day. I’m enjoying being a coach. In the matches, but I actually enjoy the training sessions even more. I was a footballer for around 18 years and then I didn’t think I’d be a coach. Now, I did actually end up being a coach. It wears you out quite a bit being a coach. So, I don’t know about the future. But I don’t think I’ll be coaching for the next 20 years.”