Real Madrid booked their place in the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday – and then Zinedine Zidane raised doubts over his long-term future as manager.
Two headed goals from Karim Benzema helped Madrid secure a convincing 2-0 home win on over Borussia Monchengladbach, who also progressed to the last 16.
Benzema ghosted into the area unmarked to head home a floated cross from Lucas Vazquez in the ninth minute and rose again to score in the 32nd, this time powering a cross from Rodrygo through the hands of Swiss keeper Yann Sommer.
It was a much-needed win for Zidane, who has endured a stuttering start to the campaign, and the manager was delighted to see his team battle to the three points.
But after the game, the Frenchman still touched on his future and referenced Manchester United’s legendary manager who spent more than 20 seasons at Old Trafford.
“I am never going to be Madrid’s [Sir Alex] Ferguson, that’s for sure,” he told reporters, in reference to Manchester United’s legendary boss who spent more than 20 years at Old Trafford.
“I don’t know how long I am going to stay here, I don’t think about it.
“I am very lucky to be at this club and I like being happy even in the most difficult times … I have lived in Spain, in Madrid for a long time and I want to carry on a while longer.
“Madrid come through under pressure, without pressure … well, that doesn’t exist here! We cannot play well all the time.
“We read the game very well, because [Gladbach] are an opponent who can make you pay in the transition and we played spectacularly well.
“I won’t tell you what I said to the players, but all of Madrid can be proud of what they did today on the field.”
Next up for Madrid is a tricky La Liga derby with fierce rivals Atletico Madrid.