Real Madrid may not be having the best of times as the year ended badly for them, but their coach Zinedine Zidane has been named French coach of 2017 for leading the Los Blancos to a La Liga and Champions League double.
After receiving the award, the French maestro said: “I want to show everyone that I can also be a good coach in tough circumstances.”
Real Madrid is going through tough times as they are placed as low as fourth in the League table which is head by arch-rivals Barcelona who is 16 points ahead although Real has a game in hand. The most-awaited El Clasico during the year-end was also dominated by the Catalan army as they crushed Real 3-0 in Santiago Bernabeu.
While Barcelona ended the year on a high, Real is finding it difficult to catch up with the leaders as they were held to another 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo.
Zidane said: “Today, the danger is there, but that will not change me. I know that I have in front of me great players who listen to me with respect. I know how to play football and I believe things will sort themselves out in the end.”
He further added: “I am not protected by what all I have achieved as a player for this club. Zinedine Zidane is no more a Real player. That Zidane doesn’t exist anymore. Now, it is the coach Zidane who must create a career and bring more trophies to the club.”
However, his toughest challenge will be to defend the Champions League this year as they get ready to face French giants Paris Saint-German in the first knockout round on February 14 and March 6.