Zidane became a monument to his career. However, the French legend also reached the level of perfection as a coach of Real Madrid.
Witschge’s remarks are also a common opinion from Zidane’s former teammates. Perhaps a bit of a surprise, not many of them have seen the change of the former French midfielder, although he himself admits he had no intention of pursuing a coaching career after retiring in 2006.
Signs of Zidane’s success
Zidane did the opposite. He started as Real Madrid’s sporting director , assistant coach and Castilla coach before being appointed head coach, replacing Rafa Benitez in January 2016.
Even Zidane’s most ardent fans cannot predict how he will succeed by helping Real Madrid win three consecutive Champions League titles (an unprecedented feat in history), La Liga 2016/17. with 2 FIFA Club World Cup titles in 2 and a half years.
When he returned to Real Madrid to start his second term in March 2019, Zidane was one of the most successful coaches in world football. Initially, Zidane was suspected when there were many views that he did not have the qualifications to become a coach. However, it was that that made his success even more surprising.
If you look closely at Zidane’s career, you can see that he has found a way to become a coach. These traits have gradually formed in Zidane’s body while others or himself are not aware.
Zidane was close friends with David Bettoni, his assistant at Real Madrid, when they joined the young Cannes team. Analyst Stephane Plancque was also Zidane’s partner in Bordeaux.
Meanwhile, Zidane first met Antonio Pintus, the former Real Madrid fitness coach, when he joined Juventus from Bordeaux in 1996. Perhaps, Zidane was not in a hurry to show interest in the lead. However, the supporting cast around him was already waiting in the wings.
Observing from afar and taciturn nature seem to be an obstacle for Zidane when pursuing the coach’s career. However, the people who work with Zidane do not consider it a weakness, but rather an indication that he values listening rather than speaking.
Contrary to being tight-lipped in everyday life, Zidane became the centerpiece of the pitch. First at Cannes and then in Bordeaux, where Zidane emerged as the most talented player in French football. When helping Bordeaux in the UEFA Cup final in 1996, Zidane was only 23 years old but showed a clear influence. Despite his young age, Zidane also revealed signs of possessing a strong belief in playing football.