Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane is confident that he will continue to receive full trust from the club and his players despite the recent bad results.
Madrid will visit Sevilla tonight after failing to record a victory in LaLiga’s last three games – losing to Valencia and Deportivo Alaves as well as a draw with Villarreal.
Los Blancos have never been through a four-game unbeaten run under Zidane and the defending champions are now seven points behind leaders Real Sociedad – second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico have never lost this season and are just one point behind La Real with a two-game advantage.
The 0-2 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday added to the pressure on Zidane as their chances to round 16 will depend on the outcome of the final group stage match but the French coach is still not intimidated.
Asked if he felt the club still trusted him, Zidane told reporters: “Yes. Of course. I can feel the trust of this club. I can’t be happy when we lose but we know where we stand.
“We are lucky to be able to fight for this club and that is what I will do to the end, and so will the players. We need to unite with what you know to do.”
Zidane was then asked if his players were still standing to support him and the question clearly annoyed the former French national.
“In the end, all of you (media) are always trying this, asking if the players are with me or not.
“What the players want is to compete and they always show that they support me but that is not the main thing.
“I used to be a player, a coach here, I know the history of this club and it is true, sometimes it is not in our favor.
“(Criticism) does not bother me. It is my position, it is indeed like that. When you do not win, it will be like that. It is normal to accept criticism but it will not change my mind. We will continue it,” he added.