Zinedine Zidane says Jose Mourinho’s turbulent time at Real Madrid will not affect the former Chelsea manager.
The Portuguese is set to depart the Liga side at the end of the season after relinquishing their league crown to Barcelona and suffering defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.
Goal understands Mourinho will be appointed Chelsea manager in the next fortnight after having agreed a deal in principle last month and Zidane think the 50-year-old will not have been shaken by his time in Spain.
“I don't think it will affect his confidence, this. He is disappointed he didn’t win, but he has said that,” he said.
“I think he still has a lot of trust in what he does and his work, and he will just carry on. He will try to win again.”
Zidane also added that he was not sure whether returning to a previous club was a bad move, saying there will be huge focus on Mourinho wherever he chooses to go goes next.
"I don't know, as for the moment he is still in Madrid with two matches left. We will see what happens," he said.
"It is what follows that decides things, what happens on the pitch makes you know if it was a good idea or not. When you are a well-known coach there is a lot of pressure anyway. The games will tell in the future."
Madrid also tasted disappointment in the Champions League, knocked out in the semi-finals by Borussia Dortmund but Zidane does not feel that loss will have affected Mourinho particularly.
“All lost matches are a shock for Real Madrid. It's a pain that is no more than any other pain,” he said,
“The thing with Real Madrid is that the mentality is that you have to win every match and competition. I don't think the same applies to Dortmund. If they don't win a match or competition it's not the end of the world for them, it's not the same thing.”
“The issue with Madrid is that if you apply to run the club, the expectation is you win all matches and all competitions. If you don't it is very difficult to take.
“Suddenly you get a lot of pressure on you from on high. But I'm not sure that doesn't apply to a lot of other clubs, though it does particularly to Real Madrid."
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