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Zidane named French coach of the year

AFP  |  Paris 

Real Madrid may have ended the year badly, but has been named French of 2017 for leading the club to a double.

"I want to show that I can also be a good in tough circumstances," Zidane said in an article published on Tuesday in Football magazine, which gives the award.

Real are going through a bad run. They are fourth in La Liga, 16 points behind leaders Barcelona, and they ended 2017 with a crushing 3-0 defeat at home in the Clasico.

On Sunday, they were held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo.

"Today, yes, the danger is there, but I'm not going to change. I am aware that I have in front of me great players who listen to me. Playing football, I know how to do that. So things will sort themselves out in the end," Zidane said.

"Some people may think that everything is always easy for me, that I do everything from instinct, but that's not true! Whether it is as a or as a coach, I've always worked," said Zidane.

"I'm not protected by what I achieved as a for this club. is no longer a That Zidane does not exist any more. Now it is the Zinedine Zidane who must create a career," he concluded.

His side will continue their defence of the Champions League against a French team coached by a Spaniard when Real take on Unai Emery's Paris Saint-Germain in the first knockout round on February 14 and March 6.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 21:40 IST