Real Madrid may have ended the year
badly, but Zinedine Zidane has been named
French coach of 2017 for leading the club to a
Liga and Champions League double.
Zidane led Real Madrid to the La Liga
and Champions League double earlier, but
the team have struggled recently, trailing FC
Barcelona by 16 points.
“I want to show that I can also be a good
coach in tough circumstances,” Zidane said
in an article published on Tuesday in France
Football magazine, which gives the award.
Real are going through a bad run as they
are fourth in La Liga, 16 points behind leaders
FC Barcelona, and they ended 2017 with a
crushing 3-0 loss at home in the Clasico.
On Sunday, they were held to a 2-2 draw
at Celta Vigo.
“Today, yes, the danger is there, but I’m
not going to change. I am aware that I have
in front of me great players who listen to me.
Playing football, I know how to do that. So,
things will sort themselves out in the end,”
Zidane said.
“Some people may think that everything is
always easy for me, that I do everything from
instinct, but that’s not true! Whether it is as
a player or as a coach, I’ve always worked.
“I’m not protected by what I achieved as
a player for this club. Zinedine Zidane is no
longer a Real player. That Zidane does not
exist anymore.
“Now, it is the coach Zinedine Zidane who
must create a career.”
His side will continue their defence of
the UEFA Champions League title against a
French team coached by a Spaniard.
Real will take on Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-
Germain in the first knockout round on
February 14 and March 6.

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