Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has refuted claims from fans and football analysts who have continuously sang his praises since his 2016-17 UEFA Champions League victory against Italian club side Juventus on 3 June.
The 44-year-old tactician says he’s far from being the best coach ever, despite his historical CL and La Liga double.
Zidane, a former Madrid player-turned-coach, spoke with Antena 3 in a post-match interview. He advised that attention should be on his awesome players and the great Spanish club instead.
“It has been a great year,” Zidane said on the field with reference to their historical achievements within a calendar year: a UEFA Champions League, the La Liga, one Club World Cup and a UEFA Super Cup.
“We have to congratulate all the players and this great club,” he said.
“With this squad of players and their hard work, we know we can win these things.”
The world cup winner couldn’t hide his joy for their remarkable success in world football. He continued, “I am happy. I do not know how to show it, but inside I am satisfied.”
Zizou is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, but he’s not having any of that big-headed title.
The former attacking midfielder isn’t letting his records get into his head, so when asked about his “undeniable” position as the world’s best coach, the Frenchman replied in all modesty, saying: “No, no, I am not that.”
Madrid president Florentino Perez showered encomiums on the manager, saying: “He [Zidane] is someone who all Madrid supporters have to thank, he took us to another level in 2001 and he’s given us an exhibition.
“He’s been here for 17 months and in 17 months he has done everything.
“We are very happy, we’ve won, we played well. I don’t know where to start, the players, the manager, the supporters, the way the Juventus fans behaved.”
Perez was asked about Zidane’s contract talks, but the 70-year-old Spanish businessman and former politician revealed: “He [Zidane] says this to free himself of the pressure that goes comes with talk of contract renewals.
“He said that he hadn’t won anything and he has won it all.
“We’ll speak to Zidane, he is the leader of the orchestra, and there won’t be any problems at all.”