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Quiet man Zidane bringing stability from the shadows at Real
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MADRID, May 24 — Cristiano Ronaldo was asked earlier this season to sum up Zinedine Zidane in a word and the one he picked was “winner”.  At a Real Madrid media day on Tuesday, half a dozen players w88 were rolled out to answer questions ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool, and one journalist made a point of quizzing each of them about their coach.  ‘Zidane is one of the best I have ever had,” said Marcelo, who has played under a few, including Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez. 

“He was one of the greatest ever to play football,” Isco said. “Anything Zidane tells you, it stays with you.”  “We never get the impression he’s nervous,” Dani Carvajal said. “Whenever he speaks, your eyes are like saucers.”  So why is a coach, backed by the most high-maintenance squad in the world and on the poker w88 brink of a third consecutive European success, still not considered much good?

After two and a half years, Zidane owns as many Champions League titles as Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. Beat Liverpool, and he will move above all three.  This time last year, his team were the first to defend the European Cup since AC Milan under Arrigo Sacchi in 1990. They were also the first Real side to do a La Liga-European Cup double in 59 years.  Some might point out Zidane is simply blessed with the mansion88 best players but Real’s squad is not markedly, if at all, superior to rich rivals like Barcelona, Manchester City or Bayern Munich.

Perhaps Ronaldo’s assessment helps explain the apathy. Zidane wins, but in the current era of elite coaches, he does not fall easily into any bracket.  He is not the young, training-ground coach, preaching the virtues of high-pressing football. He is not a defence-first pragmatist, adamant solidity is the fastest route to results. He is not, yet, the established statesman, known for soothing egos and accommodating demanding owners. 

“I am not the best coach, I am not the best tactician,” Zidane said on Tuesday. “But I m88 casino have other things. I have passion, I have motivation, and those are worth much more.”  Certainly, he has won the confidence of his players. When Benitez was sacked in January 2016, Barcelona daily Mundo Deportivo described Zidane as merely a “sticking plaster”, but, 28 months on, Real’s star-studded dressing room has stayed stuck. 

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