Real in rough patch but Zidane bags the gong


Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos (L) holds up the trophy as he celebrates their Supercup ...
(FILE)Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos (L) holds up the trophy as he celebrates their Supercup after winning the second leg of the Spanish Supercup football match Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on August 16, 2017. CURTO DE LA TORRE / AFP

Real Madrid may have ended the year badly, but Zinedine Zidane has been named French coach of 2017 for leading the club to a Liga and Champions League double.

“I want to show that I can also be a good coach in tough circumstances,” Zidane said in an article published on Tuesday in France Football magazine, which gives the award.

Real are going through a bad run. They are fourth in La Liga, 16 points behind leaders Barcelona, and they ended 2017 with a crushing 3-0 defeat at home in the Clasico.

On Sunday, they were held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo.

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane speaks after winning The Best FIFA Men's Coach of 2017 Award during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on October 23, 2017 in London. / AFP PHOTO
Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane speaks after winning The Best FIFA Men’s Coach of 2017 Award during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on October 23, 2017 in London. / AFP PHOTO

“Today, yes, the danger is there, but I’m not going to change. I am aware that I have in front of me great players who listen to me. Playing football, I know how to do that. So things will sort themselves out in the end,” Zidane said.

“Some people may think that everything is always easy for me, that I do everything from instinct, but that’s not true! Whether it is as a player or as a coach, I’ve always worked,” said Zidane.

“I’m not protected by what I achieved as a player for this club. Zinedine Zidane is no longer a Real player. That Zidane does not exist anymore. Now it is the coach Zinedine Zidane who must create a career,” he concluded.

His side will continue their defence of the Champions League against a French team coached by a Spaniard when Real take on Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain in the first knockout round on February 14 and March 6.

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