Real Madrid’s head coach Zinedine Zidane has admitted that he’s been “lucky” during his managerial career, especially compared to his time as a player.
The former France international has won 10 major honours during his career as a manager, including three consecutive Champions League titles and three domestic honours.
But when asked if his trophy-laden years as a manager required more luck compared to his time as a player, Zidane accepted that he’s been fortunate since taking in the dugout at Real Madrid in 2016.
“That is what you think,” Zidane said, quoted by Marca. “I accept I may be lucky, I have been fortunate in life. I have to be grateful and work for this. If you think that I’m lucky then that’s fine, no problem.”
Zidane’s most recent trophy came against rivals Atlético Madrid in the Supercopa de España, winning thanks to a penalty shootout.
But the Real Madrid manager has warned his side about dwelling on their success, especially ahead of their match against Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
“Nothing changes just because we won the Supercopa de Espana,” he added. “We know the season is very long.
“It could be difficult in this match, but we want to keep doing what we’re doing. We know we’re going to play against one of the best teams in the league and we have to be prepared to play a great game.”
Real Madrid are currently joint top of the table with Barcelona and can’t afford to slip up this weekend, with Sevilla looking to close their five-point gap behind Los Blancos.
Fans will see a familiar face at the Santiago Bernabéu as Real Madrid’s former boss Julen Lopetegui is now in charge of Los Nervionenses, and Zidane hopes that his counterpart receives a warm welcome in the Spanish capital.
“I can’t give you explanations [for what went wrong at Real Madrid for Lopetegui],” Zidane said. “In each moment you have to do what you have to do.
“He’s a great coach and has shown it always. I don’t want to talk about his time at Real Madrid, but I can say he is a very good coach.
“I hope the fans receive him well, especially because he was a player for this club. The fans always welcome their people in a good way and I hope that this is what happens.”