Zinedine Zidane and Quique Setien are the focus of a lot of attention when LaLiga Santander resumed in June.
The Real Madrid boss wasn’t having an easy season and had overcome crises at various points over the campaign.
The latest one had come just before the break in the season as Los Blancos lost to Manchester City and Real Betis.
As for Setien, he was yet to convince having replaced Ernesto Valverde in the Camp Nou dugout, with the team failing to click under his leadership.
When Real Madrid and Barcelona returned to action earlier this month, they resumed the back-and-forth title race that had marked their campaigns to date.
In the weeks that have followed, it hasn’t just been the players playing for the trophy, but the coaches too.
Taking solely results into consideration, Zidane has been superior to his counterpart so far, with Real Madrid winning their first five games back.
Meanwhile, Setien’s Barcelona have dropped points at Sevilla and Celta Vigo to surrender their two point lead at the top of the table and fall two points behind.
After Barcelona‘s draw at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, Setien was quick to put the pressure on Real Madrid.
“I don’t think Real Madrid are going to win all their games either,” Setien said.
On the other hand, Zidane has refused to get involved, focusing his attention on his team.
“I’m not taking any notice that we’re winning LaLiga, this will be decided on the final day,” the Frenchman said after Real Madrid’s win over Espanyol.
“Look how difficult it was to play against the bottom team. You never know in this league.”
Some refereeing decisions during Real Madrid‘s games, especially against Real Sociedad, have proved controversial.
“There are things we can’t control,” Setien said on the matter, backing up Gerard Pique‘s comments.
“Everyone saw what happened.”
Zidane, once again, wasn’t interested.
“My players are intelligent and the important thing is to think about football,” Zidane said.
Images from Saturday’s draw at Balaidos underlined the tension that exists within the Barcelona dressing room.
Setien and his coaching staff are looking at a rift opening up between them and their players.
Zidane, meanwhile, has everything under control at Valdebebas and the respect of his players because of his previous achievements.