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So... There’s a good chance that’s the season
Los Blancos grinded the one-goal away win at the San Mames stadium, a result which -unlike eternal rivals Barcelona- keeps them in the title race. As per usual, the MM crew have covered the game in the immediate reaction. However, table leaders Atletico Madrid also pulled a comeback win in their match and therefore, black magic didn’t seem to work this time around. There is still a game to be played, of course, but the chances that Atletico slip up in the final game are thin. Yet, Real Madrid have to give it their all to win their final game and hope for the best. As always, the Royal Whites will fight to the end, be it bitter or sweet.
While last night’s match was possibly a season-defining one for the boyz in white, it was most certainly the season’s end for Castilla. The... younger boyz in white drew with Ibiza, which means that Raul-led Castilla’s bid for promotion is over. A shame, really, but the youngsters and the coach gave it all they had. They deserve a round of applause guys. You can read all about it in Kristofer McCormack’s article.
Boy oh boy, are the rumours about Zidane’s departure coming nonstop... According to Marca, Zizou denied the rumours of him telling the locker room he was leaving, while refusing to address the issues regarding the referee’s decision with his usual class. Raul also said in an interview that the Real Madrid first team is his home, while being heavily poised to take over Eintracht Frankfurt. And then, there’s Marca again, reporting that Max Alegri is in pole position to replace Zidane.
Zinedine Zidane: “How can I tell my players that I'm leaving the club at this stage of the season? I’ve not said anything to my players about my future”. ⚪️ #RealMadrid— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 16, 2021
Florentino is waiting for Zidane ‘official’ decision too, while Real contacted other managers to be prepared.
Real Madrid are considering Max Allegri and club legend Raul to replace Zidane if the French coach decides to leave at the end of the season, sources told @alexkirkland & @RodrigoFaez ⏳ pic.twitter.com/ox3jpXmXQc— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 16, 2021
Now, replacing Zidane is not as easy as it may sound, like we found out the hard way about 3 years ago. That goes double now that there aren’t many top-notch coaches available out there. Nonetheless... * in sinister voice * “I want to play a game ”
Assuming that Zidane does leave, who would you rather have take over the team? (Yes, I threw a few unlikely ones in there)
This poll is closed
Other (Do let us know in the comments)
- Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc states that Haaland will be staying in BVB for another season. Umm... “Zorc” though? ZORC?!?! I’m getting Yu-Gi-Oh! vibes here.
- Aouar is a potential target, though I wouldn’t bet on that condition being met...
| If Zidane continues at Real Madrid, Aouar could be Isco's replacement in the squad.@diarioas [ ]— Madrid Xtra. (@MadridXtra) May 11, 2021
Have a great day, have fun and may the Madridismo be with you all.