Zinedine Zidane insists he and his Real Madrid players still feel the support of the club’s president Florentino Perez ahead of Saturday’s crunch meeting with Valencia.
Real head to the Mestalla in need of both points and a boost to morale following Wednesday’s shock Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Leganes.
In LaLiga, the European champions sit fourth, 19 points adrift of Barcelona, and five back on Valencia, albeit with a game in hand over both.
Their inconsistency has caused pressure to build on Zidane in recent weeks but the Frenchman believes he has the backing of Perez.
“I spoke to the president and I’m going to keep going with the same enthusiasm, believing we’re going to play well tomorrow (Saturday),” Zidane said in quotes on the club’s official website.
“We’ll see what happens ultimately, whether things change or not. That’s not to be decided now. I feel the club and the president’s support for the squad.
“We need that and we’ll keep going to try and change things.”
Real’s hopes of retaining their domestic title may be all but over but Los Blancos can still defend their Champions League crown, which they have won for three of the last four seasons.
After Valencia, Zidane’s men face Levante and Real Sociedad in the league before hosting Paris St Germain in the first leg of their much-anticipated last 16 tie.
“We have to try and get back on track and move up the league and we’ve also got the Champions League,” Zidane said.
“There are still 19 games left in LaLiga, that’s half a season. We’re going to have good days. I believe in this squad.”
For Valencia, five wins out of their last six has left Marcelino’s side sitting third in the standings, with a Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona also to come.
They should draw confidence too from the reverse fixture in August, when only a Marco Asensio strike seven minutes from time earned Real a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu.
Marcelino believes Valencia are still the underdogs.
“A week ago they beat Deportivo 7-1, that doesn’t seem a bad result to me, then they made a number of changes in the team (against Leganes) and they got knocked out,” Marcelino said in quotes on the club’s official website.
“In every game that they play, Real Madrid is the favourite.”
Valencia will be without suspended defenders Ruben Vezo and Gabriel Paulista while new signing from Arsenal, Francis Coquelin, could start in midfield.
For Real, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric are all expected to return to the starting line-up, having been rested against Leganes in midweek.