Real Madrid have a crucial game this Tuesday when they travel to Istanbul to face Galatasaray in the third week of the Champions League group stage. We are only in October but the team is facing already a final in the favourite competition after the defeat in Paris and the draw against Brugge. Another defeat would mean that Los Blancos are almost out of the competition.
However, a victory would open the window to the Last 16, especially if Real Madrid also beat Galatasaray in two weeks at Bernabeu. Therefore, everything is open in this group, with Los Blancos hoping that PSG get also the three points against Brugge. In this situation even a draw in Istanbul couldn’t be a bad result, but finishing the first three games with 2 points could be terrible.
Besides, the team doesn’t arrive at his best to the clash. Los Blancos suffered their first defeat in La Liga on Saturday in Mallorca and lost the leadership. Many important players are injured –Modric or Bale cannot travel to Turkey because they forced to play with their national teams-. It seems that the international break is more important for many players than their club, the one paying their salaries.
With this situation, the newspaper El Mundo published today that Zinedine Zidane’s position is in risk. Another defeat could end up with his departure from the Spanish capital some months after his arrival. In all this team, he’s been unable to build a team or show some improvements. That’s why some important people in the club are already thinking about alternatives.
El Clasico has been postponed, so now Real Madrid will have a break and more time to prepare the next game. Another defeat in Istanbul would make the atmosphere unbearable because we would be talking about the Champions League. The Spanish newspaper says that José Mourinho or Massimiliano Allegri are the two coaches with more odds to be the next manager.