My Future Not Dependent On Champions League – Zidane

Real Madrid Vs Bayern Munich 4-0 2013/14 Champions League Semi Final

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane does not think his future depends on winning the Champions League as they prepare for the semi-final second leg with Bayern Munich.

Madrid, who are trying to win it for the third consecutive season, beat Bayern 2-1 in the first leg in Germany.

Real are 15 points behind new champions Barcelona in La Liga.

When Zidane was asked if he had to win the tournament to keep his job, he said: “It’s independent of that.”

The France legend, whose side have not been knocked out of Europe once during his two-and-a-half years in charge, said “Today I’m the coach and I want to continue at this club.

“But it’s not important. What matters to everyone is thinking about this game and that’s it.”

Bayern are without winger Arjen Robben for the trip to the Bernabeu after he suffered a leg injury eight minutes into the first leg.

Left-back David Alaba (thigh) and midfielder Javi Martinez (head) are both expected to return from injury.

Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal is likely to miss out with a hamstring problem, but Isco trained on Monday despite a shoulder injury.

Zidane was coy on who would play in Carvajal’s place, with centre-back Nacho and winger Lucas Vazquez the most likely candidates.

He added his side will look to attack from the start, despite the fact a draw – or even 1-0 defeat – would take them through.

“The key for us is think about winning the game and to go on to the pitch wanting to do that,” Zidane said. “We need to go out to score quickly and that’s what we’ll try to do.”

Bayern interim boss Jupp Heynckes, who is being replaced by Niko Kovac at the end of the season, won the Champions League at the end of his previous season in charge – 2012-13 – before Pep Guardiola took over.

He says his side will look to remedy their errors from the first leg.

“We need to minimise our mistakes and we want to change a few things from the first leg,” he said.

“Changing nothing would be an error. I saw positive things but there are things to be fixed. I’ll be trying to rectify mistakes; we’ll try to attack. We conceded goals because of some mistakes – it had nothing to do with the organisation or style of play.”

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