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Real Madrid ? Zidane: the triumph of simplicity – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Real Madrid ? Zidane: the triumph of simplicity - SPANISH FOOTBALL 1

In just three years and three months of working on the world’s most electrified bench, Zinedine Zidane has accumulated so many treasures that she could already retreat to her barracks presuming having entered for the remains in the golden pages of Real Madrid history. In two stages delimited by the drastic and thoughtful decision he made at the end of the 2017-18 season (after the conquests of the 13th in Kiev), the Marseillaise has been able to find this method based on simplicity and normalcy. In Yeda he won his tenth white title despite traveling without his starting attack trident (Bale-Benzema-Hazard) and again demonstrated a collection of tactical and costume management records that make him the fashion coach and an icon for the current and future generations of the club. Zidane wins a Madrid title every 19 games (he carries 187), a Guinness World Record that already brings him closer to Miguel Muñoz. The Madrid coach won 14 titles, but needed 14 years on the Bernabéu bench. These are the keys to the Zizou Method.

Crisis management

On 19 October Madrid lost in Mallorca (1-0), after a nefarious match. The club slid unequivocally that if three days later he suffered in Istanbul, against Galatasaray, another fiasco, Zidane’s dismissal was underway. There was talk of Mourinho. Far from getting nervous in his public messages, the Marseillaise got in the way of landing in the Turkish city: “My future? I want to be here all the time. Of course I resent what is being said, but what I have to do is think positive and give the maximum. We’re Real Madrid and we can’t go wrong for a minute. Not everything can be pretty. You have to put up with it and have a personality.” Madrid won in Turkey (0-1) and from there has not lost its smile.

Wardrobe control

When Zinedine returned to the bernabéu bench in March, several players were found completely disconnected. Solari did not have them and seemed resigned to leaving the club in the summer. This is the case of footballers with hierarchy and gallons such as Marcelo, Isco, Bale and even Kroos, who seemed demotivated and surrendered and is now one of the most solid pillars of the project. The first gave him the title (to the detriment of Reguilón) and regained it annoyed for the cause. However, he ordered the signing of Mendy (for 48 million euros) and is now the holder consolidated on the left side. Zizou doesn’t marry anyone. Isco’s case is more telling. Despite finishing and starting the course far from its best form, he set out to refloat him by giving him the title in alcurnia matches: against PSG, in the Classic of the Camp Nou or in the final of the Super Cup. Isco looks like another and is on Luis Enrique’s future list for the next Euro.


The Frenchman is not amused to be labelled “good group motivator” but “poor record with the board”. In case you were hesitated, this season he started with the famous 4-3-3 he already used with the BBC (this time with Bale, Benzema and Hazard). He then turned to 4-4-2 to save Isco and include him in the wheel (that led Modric himself to the bench on several occasions) and in Arabia he slammed Valencia with a 4-5-1 that bewitched all analysts. Zidane is much more than just an aligner. Three Champions in a row are not won with a smile…


The Uruguayan was in the template as a simple complement. But in the Wanda derby decided Zidane to give him the title… And to this day. He has eaten the Pogba option (not even Zizou has reclaimed his signing) and after his football immolation to help the team win the Super Cup against Atleti, El Pajarito is one of the fans’ favorite players.

His incredible legacy

Three consecutive Champions Leagues, two Club World Cups, two European Super Cups, two Spanish Super Cups and one League. All he needs is the Cup to complete a painting worthy of the Prado Museum. Every 19 games he plays hair. With four more titles he will reach Miguel Muñoz. The legend of Zidane continues…