Overview Of: Zidane: I'm Not Going To Coach For 20 Years, It Wears You Down
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane made an interesting comment during Saturday's pre-match press conference, in which he stated that he will not coach for over two decades.
This is because he wants to retire due the fact that coaching is very tiring.
"I was a better footballer than a coach," Zidane stated during his pre-match press conference.
"But there were better ones, although I'm happy with what I did, but with me it's going to be like that.
"I'm not going to coach for 20 years; I don't know how many [I will coach for].
"I don't plan anything, what encourages me is the day to day. Then I'll do other things.
"In my head I've always been a footballer; I played 18 or 19 years and when they asked me if I was going to coach I said no. In the end I was, but it wears you down.
"I'm lucky to be able to be at this club and coach here, although I don't like the word luck very much because in life you have to believe and enjoy yourself, until when I don't care.
"But as far as players are concerned, I am lucky to be able to coach the best, because I am at the best club in the world.
"I am enjoying the matches and even more in the training sessions, because there it's the best.
"No one should interpret what I say.
"The reality is that I'm at the best team in the world and I'm fine. I'm in it every day.
"Here, when I lose a game I am criticised, and that does not change anything.
"Now we're winning, but we haven't achieved anything.
"I tell the players to keep going, because it's going to make a difference.
"We only focus on what we can control.
"My future is the least of my worries here."
Sergio Ramos recently became LaLiga's all-time record goalscorer for a defender and, with his contract up in 2021, the Frenchman made clear that he wants his captain to remain at the club.
"You could see that he could get what he's getting, because he already had quality and above all personality," Zidane said of Ramos.
"He always wanted to win and make history at this club.
"I'm not surprised by what Sergio is doing.
"We're lucky to have him at Real Madrid and I hope he stays until the end of his career."
Vinicius Junior has been one of Los Blancos' most in-form players since football got back underway, yet Zidane stressed the importance of working hard.
"All the players know where they are," the Frenchman explained.
"And everyone who works here on every pitch has ups and downs, it's life.
"When you're low, you have to work.
"Vini is fine, we enjoy him; we have to go slowly, like with everyone.
"We are 25 players and we always look at the team."
Ahead of Real Madrid's match away at Espanyol on Sunday night, there was some surprising news on Saturday morning as the Catalan club opted to sack Abelardo Fernandez.
"I have nothing to say about Espanyol's decision, but I do feel very sorry for Abelardo," Zidane said.
"These are difficult moments and I feel sorry for him."