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A Santiago Bernabéu legend admits that the La Liga champions don’t live up to expectations, but wants a French coach to do things right
Sacking Zinedine Zidane would be a “very hasty” decision by Real Madrid, says Hugo Sánchez, and whites are urged to stick with their current coach despite recent form problems.
The reigning La Liga champions have struggled in 2020-21 at home and abroad.
Inconsistency proved to be a problem at times last season, only for a notable post-lockdown run to hand over another national crown.
Defending that award will not be easy, with Zidane’s team losing 13 points in 10 games.
The struggles are also being endured on a European stage, with Madrid in danger of missing a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
A 2-0 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk last time out has put the Whites in third place in Group B with one match to play, against the leader of the table Borussia Monchengladbach.
Real’s fate remains in their own hands there, while time is on their side in La Liga, but they wonder about Zidane’s continued presence and his ability to build on the successes of the recent past.
He has promised not to walk away from the Santiago Bernabéu, with a desire on his part to fix things, and Sánchez believes that faith must be shown in an iconic Frenchman.
The legendary former white striker said ESPN When asked if Zidane should be fired: “No, I don’t think so yet; it would be very rushed right now.
“You have to wait until the rest [Champions League group] game, which is complicated by depending on others.
“There will be some pressure, nervousness and obviously waiting for the result against Borussia Monchengladbach as well.”
While asking Real for patience, Mexican legend Sánchez, who scored 208 goals in 283 appearances for the Whites in his playing days, acknowledges that standards are falling in the Spanish capital.
And he added: “There have been serious criticisms of Zidane.
“He’s enduring it stoically, but I can see his nervousness because his players don’t live up to the expectations placed on the Real Madrid players.”
Real will return to domestic action against Sevilla on Saturday, before playing a crucial home match with Mönchengladbach on December 9 that will determine their continental fate.