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On March 11, 2019 a new stage began in the Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane He was returning to his home after nine months away from the white club. The French coach came for the second time to the rescue at a difficult time for the team. Flaunting his eternal smile and without hesitation when he picked up the phone to Florentino Pérez, Zizou began his second era on the bench of the merengue set.
This January 5 marks 300 days since his return. Curiously, this date almost coincides with that of his first appointment as coach of Real Madrid. It was January 2016 when Florentino Pérez announced that Zinedine Zidane took the reins of the team after the failed experiment of Rafa Benitez in office Four years are fulfilled from that moment. Four years of 'FeliZidane'.
Being rigorous, it's three years and about three months, since after winning The Thirteenth, Zidane decided to step aside. “The team needs a change to keep winning,” said the French coach on the day of his farewell in Valdebebas. Long faces and an era that seemed to end. A triumphant stage is that the Frenchman has done as well as a player as a coach for the world of football.
An amazing return
“Your passion for Madrid brings your destiny back to this club. You assume the responsibility of coach of our team at a time of special difficulty. You love this shield and that's why you're here today. When we offered you your return home five days ago, you showed your loyalty. Your commitment to this club excites all Real Madrid players“said Florentino Pérez on March 11, 2019.
Zidane himself took the floor after welcoming the club to the media and could not hide his joy in returning: “I'm happy to come home“.” I come back because my name is President and as I love the president and this club very much, here I am, “the Frenchman added. The smiles filled the press room. The smiles flooded the halls of the houses of the Real Madrid when they heard him.
Without Copa del Rey, out of the Champions League and with The league Like an impossible This was the scenario that Zidane found on his return to his love club. He was aware of this and the mood of a locker room that only thought that the holidays would arrive as soon as possible to end a season for oblivion. But he had plans for that final leg of the course.
Planning for the future
Recovering players who had been well below their level was the mission they began to execute. The Marcelo, Isco and company were recovering the tone with the passing of the months, just like a Kroos which has once again been the helm of the ship thanks to the trust and advice of Zizou. But the great success of its management represents it Fede Valverde.
The midfielder charrúa has responded to the confidence of the master and has become one of the pillars of the new Real Madrid. He next to Casemiro, Kroos Y Modric They form a solid block in the spinal cord. Many doubted the refusal of the Frenchman on the arrival of a new footballer for the midfield area before the refusal of the Manchester United to sell to Pogba, but the bet could not be better.
Zidane has a balanced workforce among veteran and young soccer players eager to prove that they are players for Real Madrid. In addition, it is no secret that in the face of next summer he would like to prop up his squad with incorporations such as those of Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé. He has seen the best Benzema, Kroos or Varane… what can you do with the striker of PSG?
300 day balance
If the end of the 2018/2019 season was complicated in terms of sensations and results -five wins, two draws and four losses-, the start of the new course also started somewhat irregular with the poor balance of the preseason and the blow of falling for 3-0 against PSG on the first day of the group stage of the Champions League.
Criticisms continued to accumulate but it was the defeat in Majorca the one that really was a turning point. The truth is that that game in Son Moix is the only one that has lost Real Madrid in the first round of La Liga this campaign. Eleven wins, seven draws and one loss is the balance in the domestic championship.
Thus, whites fight from you to you with the Barcelona for the league leadership and only the decisions favorable to the Catalans in The classic of the Camp Nou they prevent Real Madrid from taking advantage of the eternal rival in the fight for the title. In regards to the Champions League, the team must face the Manchester City from Guardiola in the round of 16.
Three Champions, a double and a goodbye
On January 4, 2016, the brightest stage of Real Madrid began in the 21st century. “I think everything will be fine,” said Zinedine Zidane in his long-awaited presentation as a merengue coach. “What we have to do and what I'm going to try is to do my best to make this team win something at the end of the year,” Zizou also said a few months before he started writing the story.
If in January the team seemed to have no soul, at the end of the season it managed to lift 'The Orejona'. Again before him Atlético de Madrid, like in Lisbon when I was second of Ancelottibut this time he was the first coach and the stage was Milan. After that Champions two others arrived consecutively, something that nobody had achieved since the new format was implemented in the European competition.
Three Champions, but not only that. Two Club World Cups, two European Super Cups, a League and a Spain Supercup. Nine titles in those little more than two and a half years in office to become one of the best technicians in the history of the club of Concha Espina. For the memory of doublet of 2016/2017 and that Zizou has always said that for him La Liga is a special tournament, that of regularity.
True to himself and what he already did in his day as a player, he stepped aside because he believed it was time for the team to change. The initial shock gave rise to a few months of uncertainty, but if he decided to leave because he believed it was the best for everyone, he did not hesitate to return to put Real Madrid back on the throne in Spain and in Europe. At the moment, progress properly in this objective.
(More information: The objectives met and the outstanding accounts of Madrid de Zidane)