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Zidane: “Am I lucky? Yes, lucky to coach Real Madrid”

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Defended his record as a coach. 

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Zinedine Zidane’s Saturday press conference ahead of this weekend’s Getafe match got a little tense when the coach was time and time again asked about his future. Asked if he plans to stay at Real Madrid for several more years, Zidane responded by telling the journalists in the Zoom call to beware of making assumptions.

“You don’t know anything,” he said in response to one such question. “You’ve said there’s a need to get rid of Zidane in the past, but I’m here. You can have a contract of four or five years and be gone tomorrow. Or the opposite could happen, where you have a contract that is about to expire and then you stay. There’s a lot of talk here, but that won’t change. I would like to talk [with the media] about football more than we do, but there seems to be more interest in other things. I know you all like football too!”

The coach was then asked about his good record in big matches and about the critics who say he is just a man manager or that he enjoys lucky breaks. He replied: “Am I lucky? Yes, to be here at this great club. I don’t think I’m a disaster of a coach. I’m not the best either. I’m enjoying what I’m doing every day. This is a team that works hard. They’ve won a lot, but they always want more. For a coach that’s phenomenal.”

Éder Militão was brought up too, after some good recent performances and given that he’ll be the only senior centre-back available against Getafe. On the Brazilian, Zidane said: “He has played over the past weeks and is committed and has played well. All players want to play more, but has been well prepared to play when it was his turn.”