Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane Criticises Media Negativity Ahead of Villarreal Clash

Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane Criticises Media Negativity Ahead of Villarreal Clash

Former Real Madrid C.F. captain Fernando Hierro leapt to the defence of Zinedine Zidane, urging the club to be sensible as pressure builds on the under-fire head coach amid their struggles.

"I'm exhausted of hearing that Madrid is struggling", Zidane said on Friday. However, the 3-0 loss to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu just before Christmas may have sealed the fate of Zinedine Zidane career at Real Madrid.

"What we have to do is not listen to what they [the media] say", he said. "Everything that is said about Real Madrid is negative, but in reality things are not like that". The situation is what it is, and we have to try to make the most out of it.

"You can analyse it however you like and say we are in a time of crisis". We are still alive in all competitions and we have to keep moving forward.

A place in next season's Champions League is also far from secure as sixth-placed Villarreal, who have a strong record against Real, visit the capital on Saturday trailing the faltering European and Liga champions by only four points. Perhaps the opportunity has come a bit too early for the big ego...

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It is now clear that this team peaked last season, when they lifted Champions League and La Liga trophies, whereas los Blancos have been utterly disappointing this term.

Zidane, who this week confirmed he has renewed his contract with Madrid until 2020, said he was not anxious about the team being jeered by fans at the Bernabeu, but made a plea for their support.

"I can understand why people would think that we need to sign players, but with transfers, as always, if you have a player that you want and he's available and he's going to bring a lot to your squad then it doesn't seem like a bad idea".

"I think he is doing incredible, even in this last few months", added the 45-year-old, a victor of La Liga twice each with Real and Barca.

"In each season there are hard moments but we have everything to move forward".

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