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Carvajal jumps in defence of under-fire Zinedine Zidane

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Dani Carvajal has issued a staunch defence of under-fire Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane amid recent criticism.

Dani Carvajal has backed Zinedine Zidane to turn things around at Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants have endured a very alarming start to the season, sitting fourth in LaLiga while only picking up four points from their opening three Champions League matches.

The scrutiny on Zidane became much worse on the weekend after Madrid’s harrowing 4-1 defeat away to Valencia, leaving them four points off the pace at the top of LaLiga.

But Carvajal, who has been out since the beginning of October with a knee ligament injury, has claimed that everyone within the squad is behind Zidane to turn things around.

Carvajal told Marca: “We are to death with the coach, with the club, with the team-mates that we have next to us and the philosophy of the coach is that we are all together, that we all go in the same direction and he has done so during all the years that he has been here.”

The Spanish right back went on to insist that everything is magnified when a club the size of Madrid do not win.

He added: “Whoever has been here for a few years gets used to it, in the end you can beat Inter in a highly contested match and lose to Valencia, against a good rival, away from home.”

“We didn’t have our day, but sometimes you can’t win every game and it seems like we’re in crisis. In the end you have to get a little used to these ups and downs, these ups and downs of feelings, criticism and flattery.”

Carvajal’s emphatic defence of Madrid comes after reports that Zidane is fighting to save his job after president Florentino Perez ‘expressed’ doubts about the Frenchman.