Real Madrid next manager odds: Who is favourite to replace Zinedine Zidane?

Despite leading 1-0 on aggregate ahead of Wednesday's second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid were beaten 2-1 thanks to goals from Eraso and Gabriel and lost the tie on away goals despite Karim Benzema also finding the net.

Madrid who had taken the first leg of the quarter-final 1-0 last week at Leganes, were however without both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for the game against Leganes.

Zidane, who led Madrid to the Champions League title in his first season as coach, is now struggling to keep his job with the team 19 points behind Barcelona in the Spanish league.

"I am angry with myself, not with my players", he said.

The former Real boss said: 'With the moment Real Madrid is having now, I think I should be the last one to add some fuel to the fire.

"If we can win the Champions League at the end of the year, it will be an incredible year", he told Chinese football app Dongqiudi after receiving an award at Madrid's Valdebebas training ground, as reported by Marca.

Ronaldo is said to have been one of three guests that Ramos invited for dinner.

So, the thrill of those five trophies in 2017 has rapidly evaporated and, after the match, Zidane was asked if this was the worst season in Real Madrid's history.

Much of Zidane's success last season was built on the impressively managing of his entire squad, but he has been criticised for sticking to the same players this term. I'm in charge of this team and I got several things wrong. "We have to keep working". We didn't play the game, especially in the first half, after winning a complicated game away. I take responsibility, I consider it a failure. We'll have to wake up tomorrow and turn our attentions to the next game because there's nothing else we can do. "I am responsible for this, I'm the coach".

"I am responsible for this. I will continue to fight, to work, to battle and to find the things the team needs." stated the 1998 World Cup victor. We didn't play well enough today, we didn't play how we had to play.

If Real fail to produce the goods against Valencia and lose further ground in La Liga, Zidane may not even be around to face Neymar and Co in the Champions League next month. The players would hope to give the "Madridistas" something to cheer about.


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