Ferland Mendy insists Real Madrid players with underneath boss Zinedine Zidane are ‘to the death’ while admitting shocked by ‘exaggerated’ criticism of the team after the defeat
- Ferland Mendy has given his support to Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane
- The left back said he and his teammates are with their manager ‘to the death’
- Zidane has been criticized this season for his team’s lack of consistency
- Mendy admitted that he was shocked by some of the criticism the club had
Ferland Mendy has insisted that he and his Real Madrid teammates are ‘to death’ with manager Zinedine Zidane after doubts about his future this season.
A lack of consistency in LaLiga, a semi-final defeat against Athletic Bilbao in the Super Cup, and an early exit from the Copa del Rey have raised questions about Zidane’s management.
But in an interview with Marca, Mendy spoke out in support of his manager, saying the squad is ignoring the negative reports.
Ferland Mendy (left) has insisted he and his Real Madrid teammates with boss Zinedine Zidane (right) are ‘to death’ after questions about his future
‘To be honest, I don’t read much. I’m with Zidane to the death and we’re all with him, really.
He seems relaxed. But we don’t really pay attention to what people say. ‘
Zidane lost his temper at a press conference earlier this month and called for more respect when a journalist asked him why his tone was ‘defensive’.
In an interview with Marca, the left back said that the players are ignoring the negativity
He replied: ‘Are you serious? At home I hear that I am gone every day. You know because you are the first [to be saying it]
So what do you say? That I’m defensive when I hear that I’m gone every day.
‘We didn’t win the league 10 years ago last season! It was last year. So [we just need] a little respect. It makes me laugh. ‘
Mendy, who joined Real in 2019, admitted that he was ‘shocked’ by the intense criticism that comes with playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
He added: ‘To be honest, it surprised me. I didn’t think it was going to be that demanding.
Mendy admitted that he was shocked by the criticism that comes with playing for a major club
‘I knew you always had to win, but the criticism … While sometimes I don’t understand what they say, there’s always a ton when there’s defeat.
“If you lose, they exaggerate, and frankly, that shocked me.”
Real’s 1-0 win over Real Valladolid reduced Atletico Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga to three points, but Diego Simeone’s side has one more game in hand.
Zidane’s men will take on Atalanta on Wednesday in the Champions League first leg. Real are expected to advance to the next round after a disappointing exit to Manchester City last season.