Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes his future at the club is not hinged on Champions League glory as they confront Bayern Munich in Madrid.
Madrid, who are eyeing an unprecedented third successive title in Europe, beat the Bavarians 2-1 in the first leg in Munich. That victory put them in the driving seat for a place in the finals.
However, on the home front, Los Blancos are miles (15 points) behind their fiercest rivals Barcelona who wrapped up the La Liga title after beating Deportivo 4-2.
Zizou, as he’s popularly known was recently quizzed about his future in an interview, and he openly admitted his stay at the club is independent of the success in Europe. He went further to say:
“Today I’m the coach, and I want to continue at this club.
“But it’s not important. What matters to everyone is thinking about this game, and that’s it.”
Madrid’s form in the League and domestic Cup competition has been weak, which is a definite contrast to the success they enjoyed last season. In Europe, they are a different side and have never been eliminated in the knock out phase under Zidane.
The French legend was reluctant to discuss his team selection ahead of the big showdown with Bayern particularly at the right-back position where Dani Carvajal is set to miss out due to a hamstring injury.
He confirmed his side would look to attack from the start, despite the fact a draw – or even 1-0 defeat – would take them through.
“The key for us is to think about winning the game and to go on to the pitch wanting to do that,” Zidane said. “We need to go out to score quickly, and that’s what we’ll try to do.”
Bayern interim boss, Jupp Heynckes, is set to welcome David Alaba and Javi Martinez from injury which is timely for a team that has been depleted by injuries in the past few weeks. The former Madrid manager equally promised to tweak his formation and tactics ahead of the game. He said his side would look to correct their mistakes from the first leg.
“We need to minimize our mistakes, and we want to change a few things from the first leg,” he said.
“Changing nothing would be an error. I saw positive things, but there are things to be fixed. I’ll be trying to rectify mistakes; we’ll try to attack. We conceded goals because of some mistakes – it had nothing to do with the organization or style of play.”