Sergio Ramos Responds To Jose Mourinho Return Rumours
Sergio Ramos has backed Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane amidst rumours of a potential return to the Bernabeu dugout for Jose Mourinho.
Zidane returned at the end of last season, after two managers in less than a year had failed to replace him, but his form until the end of the season had already started casting doubts over his future.
The 3-0 Champions League loss to PSG last Wednesday in the Champions League led to further questions and rumours that Jose Mourinho could return to manage Los Blancos. Asked about Mourinho in the mixed zone, following Real's La Liga win over Sevilla on Sunday, Sergio Ramos backed the current boss, saying, "Everything that surrounds Real fills the newspaper covers and programmes and creates further speculation.
"In my opinion, talking about another coach is showing disrespect to our trainer. In this respect, we have shown that despite recent results we are with Zizou .
"Now you must remain calm. We repeat that we want to maintain good work dynamics and doubt in Real Madrid at this stage of the season would be crazy. Therefore, calmness and faith in this team and this trainer."
The opening matchday defeat in Europe, in the competition Zidane won three times in-a-row with Real before stepping away from the club, caused all the rumours about Mourinho, currently out of work, coming back.
Before the Sevilla game, which Real won 1-0, Zidane was asked about the possibility of the former Manchester United boss taking over, with the Frenchman saying, "It doesn't annoy me that his name is linked, that's how it is.
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"I don't have to say if it annoys me or not, that's the situation. Here, you lose a game and you have to change something. It's difficult, but that's the reality.
Despite the pressure on Zizou in his second spell as manager the Frenchman has guided his side to second in La Liga after just five games.
Karim Benzema's 64th minute goal secured all three points in Sevilla leaving the side on 11 points, with three wins and two draws, level with Athletic Bilbao and behind by just one goal on goal difference.
Real's fierce rivals Barcelona have had a much worse start to the season and on Saturday they lost 2-0 to newly promoted Granada, leaving them in eighth place after just one win in five league games.
Will Ernesto Valverde and Zidane last till the end of the season?