Zinedine Zidane admits job is on line despite signing contract extension

Florence Fletcher
January 13, 2018

"It's signed", Zidane told reporters in the post-match press conference after Real Madrid played out a 2-2 draw with Numancia, securing their spot in the semifinals with an aggregate score of 5-2.

Lucas Vazquez put Madrid in front with a header, but Guillermo levelled from a counter-attack.

Real may have been up in the tie, but their performance was somewhat lacking following a rather drab first-half showing.

Despite Dani Calvo being sent off in the dying minute for a cynical foul on Isco, Numancia made Real sweat all night. Leganes, a modest club from the Madrid suburbs, reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey for the first time in their 89-year existence.

Madrid were also held at home by lower-tier opposition in the last round, Fuenlabrada having taken advantage of Zidane's under-strength selection by claiming a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Moroccan worldwide Nabil El Zhar scored the crucial away goal for mid-table Leganes on the half-hour mark.

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Madrid will face Leganes in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey next week, and next month it will take on Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, a competition it has won the last two seasons.

Real Madrid are looking at possible replacements for Zinedine Zidane but the French coach's fate is far from sealed despite reports in Spain that Joachim Low has already been lined-up.

Real have endured a disappointing 2017/18 campaign to date and now sit fourth in La Liga, 16 points adrift of arch-rivals Barcelona.

Hazard has two years left on his contract, while his Belgian team-mate Courtois has just one year left on his current deal, and both players have been widely linked with moves to Spain, with the goalkeeper even hinting at a move to Madrid back in December. It is not easy for the players who play less.

Madrid progressed 5-2 on aggregate thanks to their 3-0 first-leg win, but that victory remains the only success in their last four matches.

"That's still the case today".

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