On Thursday, Zidane took the 11th trophy of his management career after the Blancos secured their 34th LaLiga title. The Frenchman returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in March 2019 after nine months, with the club in a much worse position than when he left.
Zidane has the extraordinary relationship with players
Real Madrid coach David Bettoni has revealed Zinedine Zidane’s human management skills, showing the “extraordinary” relationship he enjoys with his players. On Thursday, Zidane took the 11th trophy of his management career after the Blancos secured their 34th LaLiga title. The Frenchman returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in March 2019 after nine months. With the club in a much worse position than when he left. Madrid won LaLiga and three straight Champions League crowns during his first spell in the lead between 2016 and 2018, but the results took a turn for the worse after he left. Zidane was persuaded to return to the Spanish capital and support the ship after the high-profile fiascos of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, both of whom were fired during the first few months of their reigns.
Zizou is respected in the dressing room
Real Madrid’s winning mentality returned in 2019-20, with a 10-win streak in a row after the coronavirus lockdown. Ensuring they tackle the Liga trophy away from arch-rivals Barcelona. Bettoni has now outlined the qualities that make Zidane such a successful manager, including his potential to command respect in the dressing room. “He is extraordinary in his relationship with the players,” the Madrid assistant told journalists. “It’s not a method, and it’s just like that: he has a natural connection with the dressing room. Therefore, he is respected. That also goes with the unfortunate elements of their playtime. He knows how to talk to them. He’s a whole guy who matches what he feels and what he says. When he speaks at a press conference that all footballers are essential to him, he means it.
“He manages the conflict by telling the truth and being fair. In the long term, it works”. Madrid will end their internal campaign when they embark on a trip to Leganés on Sunday night before their focus switches back to the Champions League. Zidane’s squad will have to fight uphill to qualify for the quarterfinals when the competition resumes next month. As they will look to cancel the 2-1 first-leg deficit against Manchester City.