Regardless of what Zidane thought he understood about football, he actually woke up when he moved to Juventus in the summer of 1996. He was even shocked by the intensity of training during his first pre-season there.
Working under the guidance of fitness coach Giampiero Ventrone, Pintus set a harsh training pace for Juventus. In 2016, Pintus was chosen by Zidane as Real’s fitness coach. It is Pintus’s lesson plans that helped Real Madrid win the La Liga championship and successfully defend the Champions League in the 2016/17 season.
Zidane also used his physical understanding to convince Cristiano Ronaldo to rest at the right time to achieve the highest level when he entered the Champions League knockout stage. That worked when the Portuguese striker burst into action in the last two seasons with Real Madrid.
In addition to training on the pitch, Zidane is also impressed by the winning culture of Juventus. There, coach Marcello Lippi creates an environment where only the highest standards are accepted.
When he joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2001, Zidane was the World Cup and Euro champion with the French team. Besides, Zidane also won 2 Serie A titles, Golden Ball and 2 times honored as the World’s Best Player of FIFA. The volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the final in Glasgow helped Real Madrid win the 9th Champions League and continued to affirm Zidane as one of the greatest players of all time.
His accomplishments on the pitch, along with the relationship with the Real Madrid pillars since he was assistant coach Carlo Ancelotti has helped Zidane have respect in the dressing room. Using the art of “Winning People”, Zidane laid the foundations for incredible success over two and a half years in his first term.
From a tactical perspective, Zidane didn’t invent anything. His approach is to create a solid defensive structure to allow free attack players to show their talents. Journalist Hermel said that Zidane is a pragmatic tactician or dislikes discussing tactics in public. This reflects the belief that Zidane had developed during his time in Italy that secrecy is part of the strategy.
Zidane’s excellence as a coach is reflected in his ability to understand the changing room mentality and convey his composure to the players. He learned that from Coach Lippi. Very calm and decisive when making big decisions. Zidane does not always give orders to the players. Instead, he lets the players do their jobs. When the goal comes, he will show emotion, but try to calm the team to play.
While playing, Zidane always found the best way to talk to other players. When he became a coach, Zidane did the same. He controlled the dressing room by chatting and passing on the winning personality to the players.