Zinedine Zidane 2.0: What to Expect this season

Zinedine Zidane 2.0: What to Expect this season

Zinedine Zidane has come back home. Real Madrid have brought back the three-time Champions League winning manager only ten months after leaving his post, hoping to salvage something out of the hapless 2018/19 campaign. 


After suffering three season-defining defeats in the span of seven days, even Santiago Solari probably didn’t have much hope for himself. The Argentine, to be honest, wasn’t all that bad. He just wasn’t meant to be in charge of the most demanding club on the planet. Real Madrid have always been about results and glory, and the former Castilla manager had failed on both fronts. So, swiftly and positively, he was shown the door, and he left without uttering a word. 

Zidane came in, took the center stage, and announced he was ready to take Real Madrid where they belonged — the pinnacle of the world’s sport.

I want to put this club back where it belongs,” said Zidane, as per BBC.

“It has been difficult from the outside looking in. I have been living here in Madrid, doing my things. But I have recharged my batteries. I’m ready to coach this great club again.

Zinedine Zidane, thanks to his legendary 2.5-year spell at the club, is one of the most elite coaches in the world. But even for someone so accomplished, turning Los Blancos’ fortunes will be quite a challenge. This season, Zidane doesn’t have anything to look forward to, no trophy to fight for, but it’s still an important step for the Frenchman. Over the next 11 games, he’ll determine the players who would retain their place in his squad. Others, sadly, probably won’t have the privilege of donning the royal white again, next season. 

Real Madrid currently sit 5 points behind third-placed Atletico Madrid. Barcelona, who have a 12-point advantage over the Whites are almost out of sight, but Real Madrid won’t let Atletico finish second without a proper tussle. This season, a big chunk of Real Madrid glitterati has underperformed. Most of them failed to lead from the front and ultimately allowed the opposition to walk all over them. Under Zidane, this system will change for the better. Every member of the Real Madrid dressing room knows how brilliant the Frenchman is, which makes Zizou’s job a lot straightforward. 

Isco and Marcelo, who were warming the bench under Solari now have a better chance of proving their worth. Keylor Navas, too, is expected to get more minutes, which will automatically force Thibaut Courtois to up his game. Zidane’s rotation policy worked wonders during his previous spell and is expected to have a telling effect this time around as well.

Since Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure, Real Madrid have struggled to find the back of the net. Zidane, even with his renowned skill set, won’t be able to solve this problem straight away. But he, most certainly, will have the authority to fix it in the next transfer window. His introduction probably won’t sit well with the likes of Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale, but for the club and its fans are undoubtedly ecstatic to see him back. The next couple of months won’t be straightforward, but Madridistas now once again have something and someone to look forward to. 

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Real Madrid: Failed to survive after the departure of Zidane and Ronaldo

Real Madrid: Failed to survive after the departure of Zidane and Ronaldo

Defeated at home in the first leg, Ajax Amsterdam crushed Real Madrid, title holder, in the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.


It’s a thunder blow to Real Madrid. The defending champion was eliminated on their own turf by the dutch outfit. Beaten in the first leg 2-1, the Dutch gave a lesson of football to Real Madrid in Santiago Bernabeu by winning 4-1.

The first season of Santiago Solari at the head of Real turned into a nightmare for the Blancos, dropped in the La Liga and eliminated in the King’s Cup. This is the first time since 2010 that Real will be absent from the semi-finals of the Champions League. Three-time champions of the competition in the last three years, the Madrid club have not survived the departure of Zinedine Zidane first, then that of Cristiano Ronaldo. Worse, Florentino Perez failed to maintain a team that remained on eight consecutive semifinals in the Champions League.

Madrid, failure as a team

Tuesday, there was one who had to bite his fingers, from stand, Sergio Ramos, suspended after voluntarily taking a yellow card for future quarter-final, had to ruminate. Ramos’s absence, who made a big game in the first leg, made a great difference. Faced against Ajax, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro were only the shadow of themselves, like Raphael Varane. And this season, Gareth Bale won’t be able to say that he is doing better, and Sergio Ramos too. Isco, impressive under Zinedine Zidane, now warms on the sidelines, and where the individualities of the Real were in tune to shine a balanced and welded collective in the last few seasons, the dry failure did not wait very long to be felt. Madrid had not experienced this type of elimination in eighths of nine years.

Cristiano, the X factor

“Of course we miss Cristiano. He would be missed by any team. To replace him is almost impossible.”

Luka Modric said this after the defeat against Ajax, was right. Impossible to replace Cristiano, and Karim Benzema swears that he feels better, the absence of the Portuguese was felt in the game. The surface game was poor, no one is at the conclusion of large-scale actions and Real also seems to have lost the immunity that never made them doubt. The state of mind of the five-time Golden Ball was precious. And if Sergio Ramos and Co. are great leaders, this attack was lacking in the game. Benzema is one of them, too, but this team is indeed an orphan without CR7.

Zidane, the management

Zinedine Zidane decided to leave the ship who certainly felt the wind turn, and it is understandable. But the question arises as to the quick decision to associate with Julen Lopetegui, the heavy end in October and to choose, in place of former Spain coach, inexperienced Santiago Solari. Solari signed an excellent debut, and it is important to report it, allowing Real to regain his place in the top 3 in Liga and to address new appointments with strong choices. Solari allowed the observers to discover Vinicius Jr and Sergio Reguilon, two satisfactions, but the disillusionment with Ajax will inevitably leave traces, especially with two Clasico against Barca lost in less than a week. According to Spanish media, Florentino Perez was already looking out to find a new coach, and after the melodrama of elimination? Surely yes.

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Vinicius Jr – Real Madrid’s Next Big Superstar?

Vinicius Jr - Real Madrid's Next Big Superstar?

Struck by inconsistency and two massive departures, Los Blancos have been reduced to a shadow of their former ruthless selves. Yet, amid all the hopelessness and against all odds, an 18-year-old has emerged as their brightest and most vivid spark. 


Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo were two of the most prolific members of Real Madrid. So, after their successive departures, Los Blancos were forced to fall back upon the most experienced members of the squad. Gareth Bale, who was bound to become the ‘King of Madrid’ after Ronaldo’s departure, failed to live up to the billing, handing one lanky Brazilian teenager an opportunity he couldn’t even dream of.

The former Flamengo forward always dreamt of donning the royal white. So, when the opportunity finally presented itself in 2017, he couldn’t help himself from jumping the gun.

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“Yes, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona among others,” he told Marca when asked if there had been inquiries from other clubs.

“They were always in touch with us. In the end, we waited for the right time and the right team.”

“I felt that I was making my boyhood dream come true, that I was going to a club that all the best players in the world want to be at. The best are there. I can’t explain the happiness I felt when I signed the contract with Real Madrid,” said the youngster.

During Madrid’s pre-season games, Vinicius Jr finally got the opportunity to stretch his legs. Julen Lopetegui certainly took notes but didn’t think he was ready for real, competitive football. Over the first 10 La Liga games, he could only manage to play 12 minutes of football, coming off the bench against Atletico Madrid and Alaves, respectively. Lopetugui’s ill-fated Bernabeu stint ended with the crushing 5-1 defeat at Barcelona, and with it, Vinicius’ frustrating spell on the sidelines.

Santiago Solari, straightaway, showed more faith in the player than Lopetegui ever did, and started him in the Copa del Rey clash against UD Melilla. The Brazilian rewarded his coach’s faith with a brace of assists, showing first signs of his quality on the ball. He once again impressed in the second leg, this time netting his first senior goal for Real Madrid.

His first La Liga start came earlier in January, in the 2-0 home defeat to Real Sociedad. Los Blancos were all over the place and produced one of their worst performances of the current campaign, but Vinicius, once again, stood out with his daunting runs and never-ending enthusiasm. In the first leg of the Copa del Rey last-16 clash against Leganes, the Brazilian dropped one of his best performances, pitching in with a goal and an assist as Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Over the last few weeks, Vinicius Junior has been one of the first names on Solari’s team sheet. It is as if he knows the value of every single minute as a Real Madrid player, knows just how quickly it could all fade away.

The teenager, in no way, is the most polished player in the star-studded Real Madrid squad. He also isn’t the most dependable. But the youngster, most definitely, seems like the most courageous. He still needs to work a lot on his touches, his movement, and most of all, his finishing. But the temperament he has shown, so far, has really been exemplary. Vinicius Junior may or may not be the solution to all of Real Madrid’s problems, but the Brazilian, at the very least, makes all Madridistas hope for the improbable; makes them believe that it’s never over until the fat lady sings.

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid’s Only Realistic Hope for Silverware

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid's Only Realistic Hope for Silverware

It’s been an unpredictable season for Real Madrid. Technically, they are still competing on all three fronts; but realistically, it’s only the Copa del Rey they can hope to lift at the end of the campaign. 


The most successful club in Europe, Real Madrid, have always had an insatiable hunger for success. We’ve seen countless managerial changes and player transfers over the years, but the heart of Madrid has always been the same, aching for silverware.

After winning three Champions Leagues and one La Liga in just three seasons under Zinedine Zidane, the club were meant to return to normalcy, sooner or later. But no one probably expected the change to be so abrupt and jarring.

Julen Lopetegui’s ill-fated Real Madrid stint ended just after the crushing 5-1 defeat at Barcelona. Out of options, the club promoted their B team coach, Santiago Solari, who, in no way, had the qualification to lead the star-studded senior side.

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Madrid bounced back with four consecutive wins, but the embarrassing 3-0 defeat at Eibar at the end of November gave the club a harsh reality check. Since then, it has been an unpredictable saga of disappointment, mediocrity, and, more often than not, despair.

Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s surprising and gut-wrenching departure in the summer, Real Madrid needed to sign a proven striker to mask the absence of their record goalscorer. Instead, they brought Mariano Diaz back from Lyon, hoping for him to keep the team’s primary goalscorer, Karim Benzema, on his toes.

So far, the plan hasn’t paid dividends, as both strikers have struggled with niggling injuries and inconsistent showings in front of goal. Gareth Bale, who was meant to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s worthy successor, has also been a major disappointment. Like every other season, he has missed a good number of games due to injuries, leaving his side pale and uninspiring up top. Other stars, who used to look world class under Zinedine Zidane, have been reduced to their mortal, mediocre selves. They are seemingly struggling with fatigue and complacency – the two most damaging traits to a team with Real Madrid’s ambitions.

Standing at the midway point of the season, Real Madrid find themselves 10 points behind La Liga leaders, Barcelona, who are, once again, running away with the title. In the Champions League, Real Madrid will take on a spirited Ajax side in the round-of-16. On paper, it doesn’t seem to be too big of a tie for the reigning European champions; but Solari’s Real Madrid look and feel a lot different than Zidane’s champions.

That leaves us with the King’s Cup – a trophy Madrid have never been too fond of. They last won it in 2014, under La Decima hero Carlo Ancelotti, and have been an utter disappointment in the competition, since. Last year, they were knocked out by a lowly Leganes side in the quarter-finals, proving how careless they have been in the competition.

This year, Los Blancos have a 3-0 last-16 advantage going into Wednesday’s second leg at Leganes, and Solari’s Madrid better realize just how crucial this tie is for them. Yes, they are not the biggest fans of the competition, and the medals aren’t as shiny as some of the other tournaments’; but, in reality, it still is a major trophy, and it could end up saving Solari’s job at the end of the season.

Solari might end up pulling off something spectacular and lead Madrid to their fourth successive Champions League trophy. But judging by their performances, and the way the Argentinian has managed his side, even dreaming about it seems like a bit of a stretch. For now, winning the Copa del Rey should be one of Madrid’s primary objectives, and the very first step will be to put on a show against a spirited Leganes side on Wednesday.

5 coaches who could be on the hot seat of Manchester United next season

One of the most problematic jobs in European football has come to an end. After leading a Manchester United side, that was thumped by Liverpool at Anfield, 3-1, Jose Mourinho got fired. The Red Devils took too long to do that. The work of the Portuguese coach was not convincing. His victories did not delight anyone, and everyone knew the prospect of evolution was minimal. 


From falling out with Paul Pogba and bitterly criticizing most of his squad for producing timid performances and average-to-poor results, Mourinho’s tenure at United has been always shaky.

 

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After his sacking, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season. But here are five football coaches who are contenders to replace Mourinho permanently Jose at the Old Trafford.

 

Leonardo Jardim

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The 44-year-old Venezuelan has no club. After doing a great job for Monaco, the coach was a victim of the club’s dismemberment and was fired in October due to poor results. Jardim was responsible for the assembly of the French champions, which counted on the presence of Benjamin Mendy, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva, and Kylian Mbappe. Another important feature of Jardim is its ability to develop young talents. The commander is responsible for “revealing” Anthony Martial, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe and other big names. In Manchester United, a team that has countless talents needing to make a bigger leap in their respective careers, Leonardo Jardim can be a key player in this.

 

Roberto Martinez

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The 45-year-old Spaniard is one of the world’s great football strategists. Currently, with the Belgian national team, the captain was a key player in the elimination of Brazil in the last World Cup. Roberto Martinez is also an offensive coach. However, the commander knows how to “play the game”. He has as one of its main characteristics the facility in neutralizing the adversary. In addition to being an offensive coach and strategist, Martinez also knows the Premier League. The Spaniard spent 3 years at Everton and did a reasonable job, considering that the Toffies did not have a great cast.

 

Laurent Blanc

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“I’m waiting for a good project, with a club with ambition”. In a recent interview, Laurent Blanc said that he is missing the adrenaline of the bench for several months. With the departure of Mourinho, the “President” could find the pleasure of training in a club that has ambition. As a player from 2001 to 2003, he ended his career and left a good impression. If Laurent Blanc has proven himself in France, he still won the title of champion of France with Bordeaux and achieved three exceptional seasons at PSG.

 

Antonio Conte

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The 49-year-old Italian is one of the most troublesome figures in the world, and that aggravated after his departure from Chelsea, where the coach won the Premier League and the FA Cup in two seasons but was marked by the disagreement with the players. The technical and tactical quality of Antonio Conte is indisputable. He was the winner anywhere he went. The big problem is in the relationship with the footballer.

 

Zinedine Zidane

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Undoubtedly, he is the greatest desire of Manchester United fans. The coach who has won everything for Real Madrid is the dream of fans since his departure from the Spanish team. Zidane has the profile that Manchester United dreams of – a winning coach, offensive and with massive support of the fans. In theory, hiring Zidane would not be difficult, since it is Manchester United making the invitation. However, disorganization of the board and lack of autonomy in hiring may end up weighing on a future refusal on the part of the coach.

Ballon d’Or and Real Madrid, a gleeful ‘love story’

Ballon d’Or and Real Madrid, a gleeful ‘love story’

On Monday, Luka Modric became the latest Real Madrid player to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. The Croatian midfielder pipped his former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo to the award as he continued the club’s domination of Ballon d’Or arena. Modric became the 10th Los Blancos player in history to lay his hands on the coveted prize.


Real Madrid does have a special relationship with the Ballon d’Or trophy. In fact, with Modric, there are already eight players who have the trophy they have played at the Bernabeu during the 21st century. Alfredo Di Stefano was the pioneer. The striker, who had a legendary period of success, winning the first five European Cups, received the Ballon d’Or in 1957 and 1959. He is also the only player to have been presented with the Super Ballon d’Or for the best player in European football history (1989). Kopa, who shared a dressing room with Di Stefano, took the trophy in 1958 to stamp the Madridsta authority over the award.

Figo, Zidane, and Ronaldo

Luis Figo won the award in 2000, as he closely followed Zinedine Zidane, who had won the prize in 98. The Brazilian Ronaldo, who won the first in 1997 repeated the feat in 2002. Though David Beckham, never won the prize, Michael Owen, who came to Madrid in 2004, three years after lifting it when he was the star of Liverpool. The small English striker, who did not leave a great memory in Santiago Bernabeu, became the fourth Madridista of the century to lift the prize.

 

Cannavaro, Kaka and the advent of Cristiano Ronaldo

In 2006 Real president Florentino Perez signed Fabio Cannavaro after his star show at the World Cup in Germany. As happened with Figo or Ronaldo, the year ended with the award for the Italian. His successor in the Madrid club, Kaka, came to the Bernabeu two years after being named the best in the world in the ranks of Milan. Cristiano Ronaldo also knew what it was like to pick up the Golden ball award in 2008, but his signing for the Whites gave him four more Balls and as many Champions League. Ten major accolades, for which he has gone down in history before leaving by the back door to Juventus last summer.

 

Luka Modric, the new ‘best’

With Luka Modric, Real touched the eighth player of the 21st century. His case is special because he has been for more than five years in this Madrid side. Four Champions League, some wonderful displays in La Liga and the key figure for Croatia in the World Cup, Luka is perhaps the most genuine winner of those who have played for Real. He arrived without being a big star and at 33 he becomes another reason for pride for Florentino Perez and the Los Blancos who always had a weakness for this trophy. To get an idea of the significance of Madrid in this award during this century, it should be remembered that only four players have won in the last two decades without going through the Bernabeu’s local dressing room. Nedved, Shevchenko and the Barca players Ronaldinho and Messi.

United win, But will Jose Mourinho escape the sack?

United win, But will Jose Mourinho escape the sack?

Manchester United pulled off an unbelievable 3-2 win against Newcastle United last night but what does this change in fortune mean for Jose Mourinho? Mourinho has come under heavy scrutiny over the last couple of weeks and “the Mirror” even reported on Friday that Mourinho will get the sack anytime next week, irrespective of the result against Newcastle United. Now before the Newcastle game, if you were to ask any Manchester United fan if Mourinho should get the sack, a good majority would want to ship him out of the Club. But given the performance against Newcastle, a lot of people, probably even the United board will be in two minds about the decision. To go with a mid-season sacking, United will also have to shell out a 29 Million Pound severance package if they’re going to pull the trigger on Jose Mourinho but will need to only pay 10 Million Pounds if they sack him in the Summer provided, United don’t qualify for the Champions League (According to the Sunday Mirror).

There have been contrasting reports in the Media with respect to Mourinho and his ‘Potential Replacement’, Zinedine Zidane. The Mirror reported that Manchester United have put Zinedine Zidane on standby for the United job and have told him to stay available as they could pull the trigger on Jose Mourinho at any time. The report seems pretty plausible considering Manchester United did a similar thing with former Manager Louis Van Gaal when they put Jose Mourinho on standby before sacking the Dutch Manager. Life comes full circle, doesn’t it?

A second and more recent report that’s doing the rounds comes from English Channel Sky Sports. The report suggests that Zinedine Zidane will not move to Manchester United and his agent, Alain Migliaccio has gone on the record to say that Zidane isn’t interested in a move to England. According to his translated quote in French Newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, He said “He chose to take a sabbatical year. He will not dive back in before. I do not think he’s going to coach in England; it’s not his style. I’ve discussed it with him, it does not really appeal to him.”

These reports do have some substance but till Manchester United themselves takes any action, we can only speculate. With the International break taking place this week, United certainly have a few days to sort things out, till then we will just have to wait and watch.

France 2 – 1 Netherlands | UEFA Nations League

France 2 - 1 Netherlands | UEFA Nations League

World Champions France find their feet as they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League A.

French striker Olivier Giroud ended his goal drought of 10 international games by scoring a beautiful winner as Les Blues secured a well-earned 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in their second UEFA Nations League match. 

Didier Deschamps retained the same lineup that produced a goalless draw against Germany on Thursday, a token of his will to cap France‘s return with a triumph. The game began with a stirring rendition of La Marseillaise, the French National anthem as France played their first home game since lifting the World Cup in July.

Kylian Mbappe tested the reflexes of Jasper Cillessen early in the game but failed to find the net. However, the 19-year-old opened the scoring in the 13th minute, right after a mistake from Netherlands midfielder Quincy Promes. His header went straight to Blaise Matuidi, who provided a tame pass to the young forward who then converted comfortably.

The Netherlands leveled the score in the 66th minute with their only genuine shot on target as former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel guided the ball into the net off his knee from a well-driven Kenny Tete cross after a swift break down the right wing from the fullback. It was his first goal in a competitive international since he scored on his debut against Romania in a World Cup qualifier 13 years ago. 

It seemed as if the Dutch had found their long-lost fighting spirit. But, Olivier Giroud had other plans as he muscled ahead of Virgil Van Dijk and executed a magnificent volley from Benjamin Mendy‘s cross to score the winner in the 75th minute. This goal took his international goal tally to 32, past the legendary Zinedine Zidane on France’s all-time scorers’ list.

The Netherlands now prepare to face Germany on 14th October in their next UEFA Nations League fixture.

5 Moments That Defined Zidane’s Career

Zinedine Zidane

There are many moments in the legendary Frenchman’s that are worth recollecting, but there are few that defined his momentous career as a player and a coach.

The 1998 Final:

Zizou’s first world cup, in front of his beloved home support, the stage was set for the Young man to write himself into the history books of French football and that too at the biggest stage of them all. The French played the tournament Favourites and carrying the expectations of their fans on their shoulders, played their way into the final. Come the final, the 26 – year old man etched himself into French history as he netted twice and won his country the World cup. He became an instant hero, so much that his face was projected onto the Arc de Triomphe with the message “Merci Zizou”.

The move to Santiago Bernabeu:

After performing extraordinary feats at Juventus, Zizou decided to embark on a new journey, one that will make him a footballing legend. He decided to move to the Spanish capital. Real Madrid had to pay a sum of €77.5 million and this only showed how much Juventus valued him as a player and it showed us how far he had really come and how well he has really done to achieve what he has and get to the position he is in.

 

That World Cup Final headbutt:

One huge blot on Zidane’s extraordinary career surely has to be the infamous headbutt on Italy’s Marco Materazzi in the 2006 world cup final. He was instigated by Materazzi but a man of his experience and caliber is not expected to make blunders like this especially in a World Cup Final. His red card cost the Les Bleus the World Cup and a great man had to end his career on a sour note.

First steps into management:

Having hung up his boots as one of football’s greatest, his former club Real Madrid offered him a coaching role, which one day would become the Frenchman’s future. He took up the managerial job as Real’s B side- Castilla. He went on to take up a development role at the club and went on to shape the futures of bright youngsters for first team football later on in their careers.

A Champions League maestro:

In the 2015-16 season, his first season as a senior manager, he led the Los Blancos to a champions league title and that too against their local rivals Atletico Madrid. His first season as a manager seemed like it would be a hard challenge for him, especially after he received all the backlash and a doubt loomed over his fans on whether his managerial career would be as successful as his playing career. But he proved his doubters wrong as he has done throughout his career and not once but three times. He won three successive Champions League titles with Real before his shock resignation. He got the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo by transforming the big man from a speedy winger to an out and out centre-forward and sometimes even placing him with Benzema or Bale in a two-man partnership and created a team that is built for knockout competitions.

5 Managers Who Could Replace Zinedine Zidane

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With the surprise resignation of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane after his historic champions league win, we look at five men who could take over the Los Blancos from the great man.

 

1.       Antonio Conte:

The Italian tactician seems to be on the verge of being sacked by Chelsea after falling out with almost all the board members of the west London club. He won the premier league title and the FA Cup in his two-year tenure at the club. His confrontational and hard-edged style of the Italian would be a big jolt to the current squad but he is undoubtedly the best coach that is genuinely available.

 2.       Mauricio Pochettino:

Just a few days ago, it was an open secret that the Real Madrid board wanted to make him their next coach, but it seemed as though the job was Zizou’s for years to come and naturally it seemed a logical decision for Mauricio to sign an extension for Tottenham, little did he know that tables would turn so instantly. A few weeks back, it would have been a no-brainer but now Madrid will have to pay a large sum of money to secure the services of the Argentine. They have a history of spending the big bucks for players but it remains to be seen weather they would do the same for a manager.

 3.       Arsene Wenger:

 Currently the bookmakers favourite, the legendary Frenchman has made it clear that he has no intention to retire after 22 years at Arsenal. He’s one among the best available managers but let’s face it, he isn’t the Wenger of the old. He’s been linked to the Los Blanco’s numerous times in his career. He seems to be the most experienced of the lot and also has a similar game style to Zidane. With Florentino Perez being a big fan of the ex- arsenal manager, it seems as though his move to the Bernabeu is most likely to happen.

  4.       Massimiliano Allegri:

 Perhaps the least likely to take up the role at Madrid, simply because he has already agreed verbally that he would remain committed to Juventus. He’s undoubtedly one of the best tacticians in the world and also has been previously linked with the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal but the lack of champions league football, it didn’t seem like an exciting enough challenge for him. That however wouldn’t be a problem at Madrid but Allegri doesn’t seem like a man who would back down from his word, but as seen in Zizou’s case nothing is impossible in football.

 5.       Joachim Low:

He’s undoubtedly one of the best managers in the world and the 2014 world cup is a testament to his success.  After this summer’s world cup, he might want a new challenge in his career and where better than the most successful club in Europe. The only problem might be that the club will have to wait until the end of the summer to get him and since there is a lot that goes behind putting together a team, Lowe might not seem to be just the right option at the moment.