Los Blancos have seen questions asked on and off the pitch this season, but critics are being ignored
Ferland Mendy says he and the rest of the Real Madrid squad are ‘with Zinedine Zidane to death’ as Los Blancos ignore the ‘ton’ of criticism that comes with portraying one of football’s most ‘demanding’ clubs global.
Consistency has proved elusive for Madrid at times this season, with disappointing setbacks suffered in the national cup.
Questions were asked of those on and off the pitch, with envisioned change in practice and play teams, but Mendy insists everyone at the Santiago Bernabeu continues to pull in the same direction.
What was said?
“He seems relaxed. But we don’t really care what people say.
France’s international left-back added on the demands placed on the Madrid team as a whole: “To be honest, it surprised me. I didn’t think it was going to be so demanding.
“I knew you always had to win, but the criticism … Even though sometimes I don’t understand what they say, there is always a ton when there is a loss.
“If you lose, they exaggerate, and that shocks me, to be honest.
Why are Real Madrid under pressure?
Success is expected in the Spanish capital in any given season, rather than expected.
All oscillations will be dissected in fine detail, with the fingers of blame pointed in a number of different directions.
In the 2020-21 campaign, Real were unable to compete for the Super Cup or Copa del Rey glory.
They have also seen neighbors Atletico Madrid consolidate their position atop La Liga, although their lead at the top has been reduced to three points.
Zidane’s men are the Rojiblancos’ closest challengers, but they suffered four losses in 24 matches and played one more game than their local rivals.
Time is still on their side to defend Spain’s top-flight crown, while a Champions League comeback will come on Wednesday when Los Blancos take part in the first leg of a last 16 matchup with Atalanta.