Zinedine Zidane has defended his record as a coach, saying that he is not the bad tactician that some make him out to be.
The Frenchman, being modest, also added that he doesn’t think he is the best coach in the world, even though he has won so much in the past half a decade.
“Am I lucky? Yes, to be here at this great club,” he said in his press conference on Saturday when asked about the critics who put his success down to good fortune.
“I don’t think I’m a disaster of a coach. I’m not the best either, for sure.
“You might not always do things well, but the important thing is to have passion. Then it can go well or go badly.
“It’s important to give 100 percent every day and I do that, but especially my players.
“There’s a lot of talk here, but that won’t change.
“I would like to talk with you [the media] about football more than we do, but there seems to be more interest in other things.
“I know you all like football too!”
Zidane was asked his future too, but didn’t want to talk about that and was instead keen to focus on Sunday’s LaLiga Santander match against Getafe.
“I’m not looking further ahead that tomorrow’s match,” he said.
“We’re focusing on the day to day work.
“You can have a contract of four or five years and be gone tomorrow. Or the opposite. You could have a contract that is expiring and end up staying.
“You don’t know anything. When you’ve said there’s a need to get rid of Zidane in the past, well, I’m here.
“I don’t know what will happen in three months or a year.
“I’m here and we have a game tomorrow.
“We’ve had intense games, but we know the situation. I think the players are ready.
“We’ll have a very demanding game physically tomorrow. The opponent demands a lot from you physically.
“There are three points in play and we’ll try to take them.”