Part 03: The coach
Zinédine Zidane needed to go.
I loved him as a player, and I loved him as a winning coach. However, as a loser, he’s awful.
It was clear that the team had a problem; the problem was apparent for the entire season—except for about a month—and he didn’t do anything to fix it.
It was nerve-wracking to watch the games and observe the team committing the same mistakes repeatedly. At some point, you knew what to expect, and it wasn’t encouraging.
Zidane never was a great tactician, but he was a great motivator. The team ran and won for him, but that was before. This season, everyone was apathetic and accommodated; the players accepted mediocrity without doing something.
Zidane also failed with young players as Vinícius Júnior, Rodrygo and Martin Ødegaard. He gave up on the Norwegian, sending him on loan to Arsenal, while playing Rodrygo out of his position—he’s a striker and played as a winger—the whole season.
However, no other player suffered more with the coach than Vinícius Júnior. Years ago, playing with Santiago Solari, the Brazilian was by far the best player on the team‚ and he was even younger. Under Zidane, Vini Jr. regressed as a player, especially in his decision make and his consistency.
Unfortunately, Zidane failed in too many aspects. Unfortunately, he needed to go.
When Carlo Ancelotti was fired back in 2015/16 I thought it was a mistake; the team was playing the best football of the last decade—maybe more—and even without a title, you could see that the Italian was doing a great job.
Ancelotti has all the characteristics the team needs; the Italian is a great tactician and knows how to make players better.
At least, he was like that.
It’s been a while since the last time he commanded a giant team and done a great job; this worries me. I’m not sure if today’s Ancelotti is the same as all those years ago.
I hope I’m wrong. If I am, Real Madrid will be a favourite in all competitions.
However, if I am not mistaken…
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