Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane spoke about Ernesto Valverde's situation as Barcelona coach after the Spanish champions were knocked out of the Supercopa by Atletico Madrid.
Asked about the rumours saying Valverde could be sacked and the possibility of Xavi taking over, Zidane said: "What's going on with Valverde happens to all coaches. I don't want to enter in to that because it's what he's going through now, it's what we live as coaches, it won't change.
On Barça's 3-2 loss to Atletico, who will meet Madrid on Sunday in the final, he added: "A football game is like that. I thought there was a moment when Barca were going to win but no. Because Atletico are also a team that compete well until the end and they turned the game around. That's football. Until the last minute, anything can happen."
beTTEr coaCH AND BETTER PERSON
Beyond Valverde's situation, Zidane recognised that he's a better coach now than he was when he won three Champions Leagues with the club.
"Yes, I think I'm better," he said. "I'm feeling good, I feel I am progressing. In life, not just as a coach, as a person, you learn from situations, from people around you... I listen a lot and I have very valid people with me. That makes me progress as a person, as a coach. And that's always my objective."
THE 'ZIDANE FORMULA'
"There is no secret formula here. The only thing we can do is work hard. I believe in this squad. I have the best players," he added.
On his team's chances in the final against Atletico, he said: "It's a final but nothing changes for us. We're happy to be able to play another final. We prepare for that.
"This is a big club, we know that, and the players live for these type of games. So we're happy to be able to play another final (...) there is not more pressure, it's the same as always: an important game because there's a trophy to play for."