By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 10:40 BST, 24 October 2020 | Updated: 10:40 BST, 24 October 2020
‘Every season has its highs and lows’ said Zinedine Zidane in his press conference on Friday. He has been a Real Madrid player and coach long enough to know that there is no low quite like a defeat to Barcelona low, and that some coaches never recover from it.
The Real Madrid manager has never lost at the Nou Camp as a coach, he needs to keep that record to ensure the whispers over his future don’t become calls for the club to turn to youth team coach Raul or even Mauricio Pochettino.
The fact that both would be relatively easy to hire – Raul might need convincing he is ready, and Pochettino would need to be satisfied in terms of contract – makes Zidane’s situation that little bit more precarious.
Zinedine Zidane has never lost at the Nou Camp as a coach but is under pressure this weekend
Mauricio Pochettino (L) and Raul (R) have both been linked with taking over if Zidane is sacked
Real go into Saturday's El Clasico off the back of two defeats by Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk
He won a league title last July and that clearly goes for him, but the club once sacked Vicente del Bosque days after he won the league so it will not necessarily be enough.
‘They say that I’m playing for my future,’ but they said that a year ago and also in my first spell in charge,’ said Zidane. He’s right. Twice before he has had to stare into the abyss. In his first time in charge he looked hapless after a 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid but ended up winning a third straight Champions League. Then last year when he had come back to the job he took his side to Mallorca where the eventually relegated side beat them 1-0. He ended up winning the league.