The former Blancos player and coach concedes that a French tactician is under pressure, but doubts a meeting with Barcelona will determine his fate

Defeat to Barcelona in Saturday’s Clasico at Camp Nou will not spell the end for Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid boss, says Jose Antonio Camacho, but the Frenchman is walking a tightrope and has been warned that football can be “quite cruel”.

An iconic figure at Santiago Bernabeu further enhanced his legacy in 2019-20 by delivering another La Liga title to the Spanish capital.

Said success was expected to act as a springboard for Real, as they seek to reassert their dominance on domestic and continental stages.

Inconsistency has, however, blighted the Blancos’ efforts through the early weeks of the current campaign, with shock setbacks suffered at home and abroad.

Narrow defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk in La Liga and the Champions League have seen uncomfortable questions asked of Zidane and his ongoing presence in the Madrid dugout.

Things are not about to get any easier either, with a derby date against old adversaries Barca next on the agenda for Real.

Another setback in Catalunya will pile even more pressure on Zidane, but Camacho is not expecting any drastic action to be taken regardless of the result in Catalunya.

The former Madrid player and coach said in Sport: “I don’t think that Zidane will be sacked if they lose.

“He has the backing of the president and should continue, although in football you can’t look back and it’s quite cruel sometimes.”

Real’s efforts against Barcelona have been boosted by the return of talismanic captain Sergio Ramos, with the long-serving defender shaking off a knee complaint.

“Ramos is a special player, he’s breaking records and has a lot of weight in the dressing room and outside it, for his physical and human characteristics,” Camacho said of a World Cup winner that Real often turn to in an hour of need.

Others will be required to step up even with Ramos back in the fold, with Zidane needing all of those in his ranks to raise their game and prove that recent reversals were nothing more than a minor bump in the road.

Camacho added on the Blancos’ efforts to rein in La Liga and Champions League rivals: “I don’t know what Real Madrid are lacking at this moment.

“What I see is that the strongest team right now is Bayern Munich. They finished at an impressive level last season and look like they are better than the rest.”