Chelsea legend Claude Makelele claims the recent treatment of his former team-mate Zinedine Zidane following Real Madrid's poor form is unjust.
Zidane and his troops' season now realistically depends on a positive campaign in the Champions League where their first huddle is to overcome the in-form Paris Saint-Germain.
The successes Zidane has recorded in the competition over the past two years appear to have vanished from the memory with
his side's poor run of form especially in the league heaping pressure on the Frenchman.
"The treatment that Zidane is given has been unfair. In football, the successes are forgotten too quickly. I know that he will recover, sometimes we call each other simply to encourage one another.
"He is as good a coach as he was a player. He has the same values as he did on the pitch; he's a leader and a worker. He never hides and he takes all of his responsibilities.
"Not everyone can help players like he has. That's why Zizou is a great coach. What he has done in two or three years with Real Madrid, no other coach in the world has done." Makelele told MARCA
The level of success the Frenchman has enjoyed since taking the job has been unprecedented. He became the first coach to defend a Champions League title last term while also leading Rael a La Liga title.