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.
That Zidane style pic.twitter.com/vxwToxxcsF
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 12, 2019
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.
A legend as a player… 💫
A legend as a manager… 🎩
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) March 12, 2019
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.
📷 Throwback: Zinedine Zidane & Sergio Ramos pic.twitter.com/60ny2kBi06
— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) March 12, 2019
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.
Chelsea are asking for around £100 million (€117m) for Eden Hazard, but Real Madrid are aiming to get the price down, Goal understands.
The right man for Zinedine Zidane? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/fN4huJ7Dfm
— Goal (@goal) March 12, 2019
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.