According to sources, REAL MADRID’S calamitous collapse left Zinedine Zidane having to win the Champions League to escape the Bernabeu hammer.
In the space of two weeks, the Spanish giants’ season has imploded and Zidane now faces an ultimatum-European glory or bust.
With Diego Simone’s men also getting a match in hand, Real Madrid trail city rivals Atletico by ten points in LaLiga.
Also, the Bernabeu giants were dumped from both domestic cup competitions.
Until third-tier minnows Alcoyano stunned them in the Copa del Rey just six days later, Athletic Bilbao booted them out of the Spanish Super Cup.
Real face plucky Italians Atalanta in their last-16 Champions League clash, with their first leg at Bergamo on February 24.
It would be an unprecedented FOURTH Champions League title for Zidane as manager if they were to go all the way.
During his first spell in charge, France’s former Galactico won three in a row between 2016 and 2018.
After his third victory in 2018, he walked off into the sunset, before returning the next year in March.
However, failure to execute this time around would suggest leaving the Bernabeu NOT on its terms.
The Spanish publication AS states that success in the Champions League is the only way to ensure that he stays on beyond the season.