Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has painstakingly achieved results since taking reins of power at the Santiago Bernabeu, winning trophies and competing from a position of strength against formidable opponents in the Liga, Champions League and Club World Cup, among others, but the living legend says he doesn’t agree with what critics think of his side.
Los Blancos has lagged behind on the Spanish league table towards, so far opening up a 14-point gap between them and league leaders Barcelona, a situation which critics blame on poor form and lack of motivation.
Image: Zinedine Zidane
Although a large number of fans and critics are calling for new additions to the squad, citing an ineffective trio of Benzema, Bale and Cristiano (BBC) as needing good replacements or at most, an upgrade, Zidane claims he is satisfied with his team’s performance.
According to a Spanish sports news outlet, a survey which recorded votes from participants on both Spain and English versions on its site shows a huge 79 percent of voters agree that Madrid is growing weaker.
In addition, only five percent believe that the squad is stronger, whilst 16 percent believe it to be more or less the same quality as the side that won the double last year.
Karim Benzema was deemed ‘terrible’ by 84 percent of readers and Gareth Bale got stuffed in the worst category by 51 percent of Spanish readers and 35 percent of English readers although a better part of the number preferred to consider the Welshman’s efforts as “acceptable”.
Interestingly, the struggling Portugal international footballer Cristiano Ronaldo received an unbelievably “terrible tag” by 25 percent of voters across the website.
Zizou was recently named the Best Coach of 2017 at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai.
In an acceptance speech, the former France international footballer told reporters that his latest prize proves how well his Real Madrid side are doing.
He has claimed five titles altogether in the calendar year, and admits there’s a lot to celebrate notwithstanding the club’s recent dip in form.
“I want to say thank you, here I am representing the club and its president,” began the Ballon d’Or winner who is well respected at the world stage for his exploits as a player.
“It’s an honor for me and the club…Receiving this award means that things are working well.
“Thanks also to the president and to Real Madrid for giving me the opportunity to coach the team. All the players are incredible and I congratulate all of them.
“This is for them, not for me. Thanks also to all the coaches. I have won many things, but this job is very difficult.
“Lastly, and most importantly, I dedicate this to my mother,” adds the former Juventus player.
Image shows Totti (first from right) and Puyol (second from left) at the soccer event (Source: Marca)
Real Madrid also won the Best Club gong in the Thursday night gala, and Cristiano Ronaldo was named Best Player.