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Zidane – the great wonder of Real Madrid (Part 2)

Zidane’s secret

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,  Real Madrid,  Cristiano Ronaldo,  Juventus,  Serie A anh 2

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.

Zidane,  Real Madrid,  Cristiano Ronaldo,  Juventus,  Serie A anh 3

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.

Zidane – the great wonder of Real Madrid (Part 1)

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.

Zidane,  Real Madrid,  Cristiano Ronaldo,  Juventus,  Serie A anh 1

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,  Real Madrid,  Cristiano Ronaldo,  Juventus,  Serie A anh 2

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 ‚Äč‚Äčlistening 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.