Real Madrid reportedly eyeing up Joachim Low as a replacement for Zinedine Zidaneby Jack Kitson / 25 April 2017, 15:56Tweet
Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing up Germany boss Joachim Low as a potential replacement for Zinedine Zidane, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Yes, you did read that correctly.
Only at Real Madrid would a manager be considered “under pressure” when he’s still in the running for the La Liga and Champions League double.
In fact, if Zidane leads Real to the summit of European football once again in June then he’ll become the first manager in history to successful retain the Champions League, in only his second season in management.
Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez in January 2016 and went on to hoist the Champions League trophy, then the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The Frenchman now has the chance to bag another couple of cups this season, including the Spanish title, something which has eluded Los Blancos since 2011/12, while they’ve only lifted the title once in the last eight years.
Real dropped to second spot - on goal difference - after Sunday’s dramatic last-gasp defeat to fierce rivals Barcelona. However, the capital club have a game in hand over the Catalan outfit, which could well prove decisive.
But, should Real falter in both the league and in Europe, then AS are reporting that the club are considering making a change in the dugout, with Low their main target.
Come the summer Low would have been in charge of Germany for a whopping 11 years, during which he led his country to World Cup glory in 2014, however he’ll no doubt be tempted to finally step back into club management, should Madrid come calling at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the London based duo of Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino have also been linked with a move to Spain.