Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane says being a coach is exhausting and insists he has no intention of doing it for 20 years.
Zidane took cost of Real Madrid in 2016 earlier than resigning two years later, explaining he felt the membership wanted a change.
In his goodbye press convention, Zidane mentioned he had not forgotten “the hard moments” of the job.
But he returned in direction of the top of the final season and has revitalised a struggling workforce, with Madrid beating Real Mallorca on Wednesday to go prime of La Liga with seven video games left.
“I won’t coach for 20 years, I will retire before that,” mentioned Zidane in a press convention on Saturday.
“I haven’t planned anything in my head. What keeps me going is day-to-day. In my head I have always been in football, I spent almost 18 years as a player and I said I would never be a coach. Now I am and it wears you out a lot. We will see but not for 20 years, that’s for sure.”
Madrid’s resurgence has been based mostly on a stable defence, which conceded 9 objectives throughout a 21-match unbeaten run earlier this season. Since La Liga resumed, Madrid has let in two objectives in 4.
The core of the defensive unit has been Thibaut Courtois in an objective, with Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in entrance and Casemiro defending in central midfield.
“Ramos and Varane are exceptional,” mentioned Zidane. “I don’t like to talk about individuals but this duo has an exceptional record.
“They give us a variety of safety. For me, at the same time as somebody who likes to play extra, the defence is the vital factor today.”
Madrid plays away on Sunday against La Liga’s bottom club Espanyol, who are on their fourth coach of the season after sacking Abelardo Fernandez and putting sporting director Francisco Rufete in charge.
Zidane will be without Luka Modric and Ferland Mendy, who are both suspended.
“We aren’t going to be complacent,” Zidane said. “It’s first in opposition to final however that does not imply something.”