Real Madrid cruised to their first La Liga victory of the season with a 3-0 victory over Real Sociedad on Sunday courtesy a double Gareth Bale strike and a beautiful chipped goal from recently the recently promoted Marco Asensio. The game as it was clearly visible seemed quite an easily-gotten victory for Los Blancos but the person who went hardly mentioned because of Bale’s goal-scoring prowess was head coach Zinedine Zidane.
Since Zidane took over from the reigns of Real Madrid from Rafa Benitez last season Los Blancos rarely tasted defeat and seem a completely new side instilled with confidence and quite like the rampant Real Madrid every Madridista around the world know them to be. His first match as the club’s new manager took place five days later when Real Madrid beatDeportivo de La Corua5–0 in aLa Ligamatch.In his firstEl Clsicoas a manager, held on 2 April at theCamp Nou, Zidane led his club to a 2–1 win overarch-rivals Barcelonato end Bara’s 39-match unbeaten run.Zidane thus became the first Real Madrid manager to win his firstClsicomatch sinceBernd Schusterin December 2007. Having already been the assistant manager to Ancelotti during the 2014 campaign where the most successful club in the world grabbed their 10th UEFA Champions League title, Zidane has had a positive influence on each and every player in the team since then. Also, in his first season as manager, Zidane won the UEFA Champions League title which was Madrid’s 11th European title.
Here’s why the former French footballer is the perfect manager for Real Madrid today:
Zidane -The Former Galactico:
In 2001, Zidane joinedReal Madridfor aworld record feeof 150 billion Italian lire (about €77.5million) and signed a four-year contract.The latest addition to the Galacticosera of global stars signed by Real Madrid every year, in his first season at the club Zidane scored a famous match-winning goal, a volley hit with his weaker foot, in Madrid’s 2–1 win overBayer Leverkusenin the2002 UEFA Champions League Final, completing his personal quadruple.
A former player of the most successful club in the history of football can only the understand the value of the club. The likes of Rafa Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti, even in spite of being big names in their respective fields failed to match up to the club’s expectations and got the axe from Club president Fiorentina Perez. However, Zidane who is already familiar with the huge amount of pressure related to the job and the enormous expectations from fans and club management alike is an apt choice for Manager, already being the star player for the team not too long back. His past experience with the club has taught him about the fact that job security at the Bernebau is totally performance based and failure to meet up to it might just get him axed. Zidane’s knowledge and awareness about the complexities and uncertainties involved with his job and his love for the club make him the perfect candidate to remain in that position.
Zidane- The Manager closest to Modern Day Football:
Football has changed from what it was during its inception and modern day football is way different from what it used to be. Along with the advancement of rules , playing styles, managerial tactics and unorthodox formations have become a strategy among big managers who are all trying to excel in their field and be the best at their job. Zinedine Zidane stands out from his contemporaries solely due to his success as a player during his on-field days.
Hailed as one of the best players the world has ever seen, he is much closer to the techniques and on-field pressure of modern day football than any of his present contemporaries and that gives him the edge over everybody else. The Frenchman won the 1998 Balon d’Or and is currently the only manager at a high-tier club who has that on his resume which speaks of the enormous success he has achieved as a player in his career. An integral part of the Galacticos in the epic 2002 season, he has been the best player in the world at the club which was, at that point beyond the reach of any other club in the footballing world and the knowledge he carries about playing at the highest level of football.
Zidane- The role model
A majority of the current Real Madrid squad were in their early childhood days when Zinedine Zidane was in his peak playing days at Madrid and there is no doubt that he was one of the inspirations that drove them into playing for Los Blancos. The star players in the team in the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale already stated in the fact that they took pleasure playing under the Frenchman saying that Zidane is the biggest inspiration both in the practice sessions as well as the dressing room in prior to a match. When every player in the dressing room has their childhood idol as their mentor in the very field he excelled at, there can hardly be any mistake the team makes on the field.
“I love working with Zidane. I love his personality and the way he manages us. I’m very happy.”
“He’s come in and he’s been very good for everybody. He’s given us all confidence, that freedom to play. Yeah, he’s really got the team spirit together. So we’re all enjoying playing under him and it showed tonight how much we did.”
Everything being said, what remains unanimous that Real Madrid could not have had a better manager than Zidane at the time and there is definite faith in him from every Madrid fan in the world. What the Frenchman can do in his second season in charge only time will tell but we all sincerely hope that club president Fiorentino Perez doesn’t take any rash decisions even if by any rare chance, Zizou fails to perform.
Who better than the best player of his time to coach one of the best set of players in today’s world.