Cristiano Ronaldo asks Zinedine Zidane not to play Bernabeu team-mate

Zinedine Zidane

GETTY Zinedine Zidane is to be sacked by Real Madrid at the end of the season

"Real Madrid means that you have to win every game, being second is not worth it". Lucas Vazquez twice gave Real the lead but Guillermo Fernandez equalised on each occasion.

Real may have been up in the tie, but their performance was somewhat lacking following a rather drab first-half showing. Leganes, a modest club from the Madrid suburbs, reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey for the first time in their 89-year existence.

Leganes winger Nabil El Zhar scored a delicious chip to break the deadlock, with Dani Raba's well-taken strike and Denis Cheryshev's late victor completing a Villarreal comeback that was not enough to send the hosts through.

The 57-year-old manager also won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 and will be looking forward to defending his World Cup title in the summer before a possible switch to Real Madrid.

Adding to the frustration of senior identities at the club is the Numancia result came just 48 hours after coach Zinedine Zidane held the longest (53 minutes) crisis meeting with his squad since taking charge. "It's signed", said the French star after his side's draw with Numancia.

Madrid have endured a hard defence of their Spanish league title, with Los Blancos now fourth in table and sixteen points adrift of leaders Barcelona, giving rise to speculation that Zidane could leave Real at the end of the season - with Germany manager Joachim Low another to be linked with the Bernabeu hot seat.

"I can not think two or three years down the line, as I know how it is here, even having a contract, which means nothing". I can't imagine myself as a coach in two, three years, because things are not like that. "I know how it goes, nothing more, even with this contract it does not change anything". Barcelona and Celta Vigo, who drew 1-1 in the first game, meet at the Nou Camp on Thursday (20:30 GMT).

Nevertheless, Figo - who famously switched the Camp Nou for the Santiago Bernabeu in 2000 where he played alongside France maestro Zidane for four years - claims his fellow former Galactico has done an "amazing" job in the Spanish capital.

"The Barca model will stay the same", he said Wednesday.

"That's still the case today".

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