The under-fire Blancos boss is testing the patience of his board at the Santiago Bernabeu and another change in the dugout could be in the offing
Zinedine Zidane is entering must-win territory at Real Madrid, learning that the Frenchman has lost the trust of certain board members amid talk of a return to the Santiago Bernabeu for Jose Mourinho.
An iconic figure in the Spanish capital accepted an SOS call from the Blancos in March, with the decision taken to take the reins for a second time just a matter of months after bringing an initial spell as head coach to a close.
Zidane delivered La Liga title success and a hat-trick of Champions league crowns during a dream start to his managerial career, but replicating those triumphs is proving difficult.
A 7-3 defeat to arch-rivals Atletico Madrid over the summer and a 3-0 reversal to fellow European heavyweights Paris Saint- Germain in the current campaign have seen questions asked of the man in the dugout.
A further setback at Mallorca on Saturday, which saw Real knocked from the Liga summit by Clasico foes Barcelona, has intensified the pressure on Zidane and tarnished his image further in the eyes of some of those calling the shots at the Bernabeu.
A Champions League clash with Galatasaray on Tuesday has now taken on added importance, with defeat unthinkable for a side that would then be left sweating on a place in the last 16 and their boss hanging by a thread.
A lack of progress is concerning those in Madrid’s corridors of power with some of the opinion that turning to Zidane again was the wrong decision.
He has been given time and money in which to deliver a reversal in fortune, but there have been few signs of encouragement in 2019-20 – although injuries have been doing the Blancos’ cause few favours.