Real Madrid won an important game, but the first thing Zinedine Zidane did after the victory was to publicly deny that he had communicated to his squad, before the game against Sevilla, that he will not continue next season on the merengue bench.
“How am I going to tell my players that I am leaving now? It’s a lie, ”Zidane said emphatically after Real Madrid’s 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao. “I focus on the season, it’s the only thing that matters to me what we’re playing with. We will see the rest at the end of the season ”.
As reported by ESPN this Sunday, the coach did have a talk with his team before the game against Sevilla in which he hinted at his possible departure. For this reason, and according to sources, some players did not understand that talk as a farewell, although most of the squad have the feeling that Zidane will not continue next season with the club.
Just in case, Real Madrid wants to cover their backs and has Massimiliano Allegri and Raúl González Blanco as their best options in case Zidane decides to leave the merengue club.
After the victory in San Mamés, Real Madrid still have options to win the league on the last day. The whites do not depend on themselves, since Atleti managed to beat Osasuna in extremis with a score of 2-1 at the Metropolitano.
Zidane kept the same discourse of fighting until the end to exhaust all options.
“What we care about are the three points for today (Sunday). We will continue until the last minute ”, the Frenchman reiterated. “I am happy for the game we played and we are still alive. We are in the fight and we are going to remove every last drop from our body ”.
Nacho’s goal in the second half of the match against Bilbao keeps Real Madrid in second place, two points behind Atleti. Next weekend, the meringues will host Villarreal, while Diego Pablo Simeone’s men will play a visit to Valladolid that is playing for permanence.