Zinedine Zidane Becomes Club ManagerThe French legend has guided Los Blancos to 2 Champions League crowns and 1 La Liga title during his two and a half year reign as manager. He has currently secured 7 trophies for them as manager which is astounding thinking of the short duration he has been at the club as manager.
Zinedine Zidane definitely has picked up Carlo Ancelotti’s knack for handling a stacked dressing room. He seems to command total respect from his squad and this definitely has helped him in his mind-boggling success so far. He also shows a calm demeanor in the way he handles things in the pressure cooker that is Real Madrid, which sometimes transmits to his boys as well.
Tactically though, there is room for improvement based on the performance of his team this season for which Zinedine Zidane has come under fire for Real Madrid's troubles in the league especially. A further insight into his tactical mindset indicates that Zinedine Zidane isn’t comfortable with changing the system away from his preferred 4-4-2 of the previous campaign which brought him great success. His most used 4–4–2 with diamond midfield has come under heavy fire this season. A team which can play proper positional football and a compact team shape while pressing can hit Zinedine Zidane current team effect as seen this season. This is because the current squad isn’t a tactically well-drilled unit and each player enjoys a lot more freedom than you would expect.
For some, he is considered a great motivator. Taking over after Rafael Benitez, the players needed someone who could motivate them, and since Zinedine Zidane is a Madrid icon and was Carlo Ancelloti’s assistant he was the right man for the job. But he has work to do if he is to live up to his reputation as the game’s best motivator and if he is to better understand the mentality of a young prospect or an experienced backup, the kind of players who have left the club because they felt there was no room for them under his stewardship.
The Frenchman has, of course, only been in the job for just over two years, so it should be expected that he’s not yet the perfectly polished manager. Give him some more time, and he might soon be garnering comparisons with managerial greats such as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.