Real Madrid traveled to France for the opening game of their Champions League campaign, facing a Paris Saint-Germain side without the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. Expectations were high, but Zinedine Zidane’s team failed to deliver.
“Madrid KO” and “without soul” screamed the headlines in the Spanish press, as Madrid were outplayed and outclassed in a 3-0 loss, with two first-half goals coming from Angel Di Maria before Thomas Meunier added a third in the dying moments. It was a humbling experience for the visitors, who have only won two of the five fixtures they’ have played this season.
It was the first time in 13 years that Real have fallen to an opening defeat in a Champions League campaign and it has piled more pressure on the Frenchman just six weeks into the new season.
Something has to change at the Bernabeu and reports suggest that the boss’ job is already under serious threat. According to Don Balon, Zidane is approaching the end of his tenure as Real Madrid’s manager, thanks to a string of poor results that began in the pre-season when Bayern Munich defeated them 3-1.
The Frenchman only returned six months ago, but his second spell in charge of Real could be very short-lived. But who’s favorite to replace him? None other than Jose Mourinho. MARCA add that the Portuguese manager apparently responded by saying that he would join them at the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit on one condition – he should be allowed to sign Mbappe, Eriksen and Dias, who he believes have everything that it takes to restore Real Madrid to its title-winning ways.
The Special One has been out of management since leaving Manchester United in December 2018, but he has made it clear a return is on the cards. If Madrid’s results continue to slide, we could see Mourinho back at the Bernabeu before Christmas.