Zinedine Zidane knows much could depend on the outcome of what happens in a small room in Nyon, west Switzerland, on an otherwise quiet Monday morning.
Six months on from being unstoppable, things at Real Madrid are now totally unstable.
The subsidence of the most decorated club in the history of football is as alarming as it is sad. Some question if the earth beneath the Bernabeu has shifted beyond repair.
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Legend doesn’t quite sum up the importance of Zidane in the Spanish capital. For a good per centage of Los Blancos, the very idea that they could dispense with one of their greastest, never to return is too much to even consider. They are words not spoken. But they’re not in the majority.
Yet, with the only goal difference preventing Madrid from sitting in fifth place in La Liga – and an inconclusive Champions League campaign – it is accepted that things have to get better before they get any worse.
Even for a man who has lifted back-to-back Champions Leagues as manager, there’s no sheltering from the storm that will come his way on the back of last 16 elimination in February.
Madrid want to do something very, very special. They want to lift the European Cup for a third time in a row. Nobody since they in the 1950s have managed such achievement.
They want to establish themselves at the very top of the game with football at it’s most high profile. Essentially, it’s accepted that Madrid have put all their eggs in one basket.
It’s a dangerous practice. If it goes well, Zidane matches what he did for the club as a player already. He could go on to even greater things.
If it goes wrong? It’s the end of an icon.
They desperately need Lady Luck on their side on Monday. The Champions League draw could be a disaster, having finished second in Group H, they’re now exposed to Europe’s big hitters.
So if they do pull the trigger, who’s in line to replace him?
Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
There’s just something not right at Chelsea. The whispers of discontent seem to grow louder every week with relations between touchline and board strained. If Conte is in charge at Stamford Bridge next season, it will surprise many.
He has never won a European trophy but reached the Champions League final with his three-time Serie A winners Juventus where he lost 3-1 to Barcelona in 2015.
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
This link just won’t go away. That fact not helped by the man himself saying he was “proud” to be linked to the Spanish giants. Fuel added to the fire, but Poch is certainly happy to Spurs. With the way Madrid tend to go through managers, he knows his time will surely one day come.
Pochettino has failed to win any trophies at Tottenham so far but took four points from Los Blancos in the season’s Champions League and could be a surprise choice at the Bernebau.
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain)
It would be hard to see him leaving before PSG exit the Champions League but Emery is now considered in amongst the world elite of managers. His record speaks for itself, but Madrid would have to play the waiting game if they wanted him as their next boss.
Unlike the other candidates, Emery is a multiple winner in Europe, claiming three successive Europa League crowns with Sevilla from 2014 to 2016 and will be aiming to make a huge impression in this year’s Champions League with the mega rich French club.