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My job won't be at risk if Real fail to retain Euro crown: Zidane

 

By Andrew Malcolm

Zinedine Zidane says his future as Real Madrid coach does not depend on winning the Champions League for the third successive season.

The Frenchman has enjoyed plenty of European success in the Spanish capital but has come under pressure following a poor La Liga title defence.

Real, who saw bitter rivals Barcelona take their domestic crown on Sunday, are well placed to lift the Champions League trophy for the fourth time in five years and take a 2-1 lead into tonight's semi-final second leg at home to Bayern Munich.

Zidane insisted he was fully focused on the clash with the Bundesliga champions but dismissed suggestions that failing to win the competition would determine his fate.

"It's independent of that," the 45-year-old 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 tomorrow's game and that's it."

Goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio earned Real's narrow comeback victory at the Allianz Arena last week after they had fallen behind to a strike from Joshua Kimmich.

The crucial away goals mean Bayern must score at least twice at the Bernabeu to have a chance of progressing to the final.

Despite holding the upper hand, Zidane has urged his men to start with an attacking mentality and increase their lead.

"The key for us is to go out to win," he said. "No need to take chances, to play on the back foot, to do anything strange. We've got to go out and get an early goal."

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