Real Madrid: Is Zinedine Zidane struggling second time around? – Guillem Balague column

At the press launch of a TV series about himself last week, Sergio Ramos joked with journalists: “I have more seasons now with Amazon than I do with Real Madrid.”

The Spain centre-back has two years left on his contract at the Bernabeu but his club are not looking to renew it.

And while Ramos has been a constant presence at Real for 14 years, the uncertainty surrounding his future only adds to the increasing sense of instability around a club which has won four of the past six Champions Leagues.

Since Zinedine Zidane returned as manager towards the end of last season, his win percentage is below 50% and there has been little to suggest improvement since the start of this season.

Real still look unsettled and they are still inconsistent, worrying signs as they enter a two week-period in which they will face Paris St-Germain in the Champions League, as well as leaders Ateltico Madrid and Champions League qualifiers Sevilla in La Liga.

Moments such as these are nothing new at Real Madrid, a perennial soap opera providing tales of conspiracy, intrigue and passion and never failing to serve up one cliff-hanger after another, both on and off the pitch.

But as Europe’s perennial winners get their latest European campaign under way, is Zidane struggling to make the impact this time around, and is there a danger the Frenchman might not even be there come the next Champions League final?

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