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Zidane enjoys instant and potent impact as Real Madrid boss

Posted on January 11, 2016 by admin

For those of us that thought Real Madrid had made a mistake in getting rid of Carlo Ancelotti in the first place, the first half of the La Liga season has been tough to take, and we saw Madrid drop far behind Barca in the online soccer betting. I am not one of the Real Madrid fans that was dead set against Rafa Benitez either, but it has become increasingly clear that he was not the right manager to get the best out of the team and individual stars like Cristiano Ronaldo.

I do not know why but it was clear at the weekend that the whole side was happier and more willing to put on a performance for the new man in charge Zinedine Zidane. Maybe it is because the former Madrid and France international star was such a brilliant and well respected player himself, but whatever the reason there was an immediate and powerful impact for Zidane’s first game as Real Madrid’s manager.

There had been fears that Gareth Bale, who had a great relationship with Benitez, was not happy but he had a funny way of showing it, scoring a fantastic hat-trick as Madrid tore Deportivo La Coruña apart with a five goal haul. As reported by Sky Sports, the boss was reluctant to put too much praise on Bale’s individual showing but he must have been delighted.

Zidane said, “Gareth just has to do what I’ve asked everyone else to do, which is to defend without the ball and open the pitch up and play when we have it.

“Cristiano played really well too. He always feels he has to score because that’s what he likes to do but I thought he played well. I’m sure he’ll score in other games.

“Nothing has changed among the players. What’s changed is the coach, and I’m going to try and make them play in the best way possible.

“What I liked the most was the attitude. It’s not easy to win 5-0 and I was impressed with the attitude of those who played and those who didn’t.

“It pleased me a lot and you could feel it. The fans were always behind the team. There was a good atmosphere and we have to continue and think about our next game. Our plan is to play good football and win games.

“It’s been almost 10 years since I retired and I’m happy with how it has gone. This is a new challenge for me, and I want to enjoy it.

“I thank all the fans for coming but the fans come to see the players and the win was their reward.”

So is it all happy days again at the Santiago Bernabeu? And what will Zidane be able to achieve this year?

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