From many years, Bernabeu has not seen one like Zidane
Real Madrid overcame the crisis, for which he lost chances for the title in Spain. The world club champion again played hard and is still a favorite for the Champions League success, with no one wanting to be a rival of the upcoming draw for the 1/4-finals.
The Marca newspaper analyzes how coach Zinedine Zidane manages to tackle the problems.
“Over the years, many mentors have come and left Real Madrid, but none of them have been able to impose their authority over players in such a fierce fashion. No one in the club has ever imagined such a dressing room that is so dedicated and committed to its coach, who does not stop showing that he is the best man, “the Madrid edition commented.
“Zidan has the reputation of a man who makes heavy decisions that are not well received by his competitors,” Marca continues. “But he does this with a tact – a feature he has acquired in his years as an elite football player, thus avoiding conflicts. Take the fury as an example when Pari Saint Germain Unai Emery’s mentor left Emperor Di Maria on the bench for the first game against LOS Blancos in WS. Or even bigger scandals alongside Edison Cavani and Neimar for that penalty at the start of the season. At the same time, recently, in Madrid, Gareth Bale was stuck in the reserves for several important meetings, but he accepted this calmly. Also in support of Cristiano Ronaldo gave Karim Benzema a penalty shoot-out against Alayes.
At the heart of everything is Zidane’s self-confidence in making important decisions, and most often they turn out to be right. More recently, Bale and Isco are on the bench, but Rafael Varan, Hames Rodriguez and Marco Asencio have earlier encountered this, and most of them regretfully hovering their heads so they can go upstairs.
Currently, none of the players that are not Zuzu’s favorites say even a bad word about him. This is also evident from their conversations with the media, which is evidence of the leading role of the Frenchman over his “warriors”. This is because he never criticizes a contestant publically. This respect is transferred and helps to achieve a good relationship between him and the players.
And while many praise Zidane for the way he dominates the dressing room, others applaud the tactical class of specialists like José Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. However, La Liga champions see things differently.
In preparation for the final against Juventus in WS, the coach explained in detail why he had chosen every exercise during the training so his team was ready for the Cardiff match. As a result, three of the four goals in the game fell after playouts that were pre-trained. This gave the players a great deal of confidence in the qualities of the coach.
Zidane, however, keeps distance and even after training he leaves another door. So he gives them time and opportunity to rethink things and overcome any disagreement, not to get in touch with him right away.
Such conversations are held privately in his office and can last for an hour, as the coach strives to pay attention to everything important and even discuss the personal life of the players, leaving nothing to be hidden so that players can then give everything on the pitch.