Madrid loanee Hakimi on Blancos' current crisis: It is not just down to Cristiano or Zidane
- Hakimi: "I can see that Real Madrid are not having the best time of late."
- Ex-Blancos believes the players will 'push through it'.
- However, he admits there could be huge pressure on the youngsters.
Achraf Hakimi didn't manage to break through Real Madrid's tight defence and opted for a move outside the club in the summer of 2018. The sides agreed on a two-year loan deal. The defender has established himself as a starter back right after a month, scored on his debut Bundesliga start and registered a hattrick of assists ain the Champions League 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid.
Hakimi gives an exclusive interview to Marca as he shares his thoughts on Blancos' recent crisis. He wishes his former teammates all the best but also admits there is too much pressure on the youngsters, including rising star Vinicius.
Are you still following Real Madrid?
"I can see that Real Madrid are not having the best time of late. I have a lot of confidence in Real Madrid and in the players who have to come out of this bad patch. This bad patch is going to pass. I do not think it's just down to Cristiano or Zidane. I believe in these players and they will push through it."
Is there too much pressure on the youngsters?
"There's always huge pressure at a club like Madrid because they're a great club, the best in the world. The truth is, you do notice the pressure, we youngsters have to learn to handle this pressure and the truth is that there are players who are prepared for this."
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What did you learn from Guti and Zidane back at Madrid time?
"As a kid, I learned a lot from all of the managers that I had. I am grateful to all of them. Thanks to them, I am the player I am today."