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Thursday, 21 September 2017


The very basic level of sports.

Real Madrid football club are undoubtedly the best team in the world right now. They possess the best players and have an equally great coach- who happens to be a former balon d'or holder and club legend. When Zidane was promoted to being the first team coach, many thought that he would not be able to succeed due to his gross inexperience.

Analysts pointed out that even his former boss, Carlo Ancelotti, with all his experience and track record, was promptly shown the door when the going got tough. To say that Zidane has exceeded expectations is kind of an understatement, he has delivered beyond what any fan, player and even the club itself expected. Zidane lead Madrid to their 11th Champions league title. After faltering under Rafa Benitez's reign, Real Madrid and most especially Cristiano Ronaldo was able to find his best form back under Zidane.

Zidane has been an unprecedented success at Madrid and is also expected to pick up more trophies along the way. However, the journey this season has not been really smooth. Real Madrid started the season with consecutive wins in the super cups against Manchester United and Barcelona respectively. They were heavily tipped to retain the la liga title. Fast forward into 5 matches in the season and there are already rumours that Zidane is under immense pressure.

Real Madrid have had a disappointing title defence, having won 2, drew 2 and lost to Real Betis yesterday. Ronaldo was suspended for five games due to pushing the Referee in the game against Barcelona. Real Madrid in his absence were not sharp and lacked a true finisher. However, his return against Real Betis yeaterday did not do much to avert the crisis as Madrid lost 1-nil. This was not the start to the season the Zidane envisioned.

It is no secret that Fiorentiono Perez, the Real Madrid president, does not have a good track record with being patient. A coach at the pinnacle of the world only a few months ago is under pressure to deliver or face the sack. Zidane himself admitted when he took over from Benitez that he knew he would get sacked one day, but wanted to concentrate on the work at hand. It will be sad to see Zidane leave this early into the season, but if Real Madrid's form does not improve, he might just be sacked. Real Madrid are already 9 points behind leaders, Barcelona. Perez is fond of Zidane on a personal level but might need to take professional actions so as to salvage Madrid's season. It is still too early to judge but the signs are already clear.

Due to his Legendary status, Zidane might be given more leeway that what most of his colleagues can only dream of, but will need to improve his team's position if he is to go on and become the most successful coach in Real Madrid's history. At this stage, Zidane needs all his top guns, most especially Cristiano Ronaldo to step up and save the situation.

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