The news spread like a forest fire when Zinedine Zidane announced his departure from the Real Madrid. Zidane has finally called it a day on his victorious stint at the club. He leaves the club as a hero after having taken the Real Madrid to 3 successive UEFA champions league titles.
At the press conference, Zidane said,” I have taken the decision to not continue next year as the Real Madrid coach. I made this decision because I love this club, I love[Florentino Perez] and I am grateful towards him.
His decision might have a shock for the fans and is a bit disappointing as well, but it will be interesting to witness what the future holds for the Real Madrid as well for Zidane himself.
Though Real Madrid were invincible in the champions league, their domestic performances were not worthy enough for any commendation. Their victory in the champions league helped them hide their inabilities and weaknesses from the plain sight.
Let’s look at the 3 reasons that might have led Zidane to take the decision of stepping down as the coach
Real Madrid failed to evolve under his coaching tenure
Well, If you truly love the club and feel that you have been successful with your stint with the club then why would you leave? Probably Zidane knows that it is for the best of the club to not prolong his stay at the club. For a long period of time, the kind of football Real Madrid has been playing, it hasn’t evolved a bit.
Though Zidane let his players express themselves on the field which might have definitely helped players like Christiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Marcelo in giving flourishing results, still he lacks the tactics to manage a club like Real Madrid and it is about time the club adopts a new philosophy that to work with.
A new set of challenges
Zinedine Zidane was an interim manager at Real Madrid and has now successfully signed out of the greatest interim stint in the history of Real Madrid. Zidane probably knows the ins and outs of Real Madrid.
He has got certain players who can churn out the results by themselves. Thus, his failure as a coach of Real Madrid has been largely covered because of the set of players Real Madrid possesses. If he feels like taking on a career as a manager, he will be again in unpleasant situations.
Hence, it would be better if he moves out of the Santiago Bernabeu and land up at a club where he could work on his flaws and slip-ups and show some great attention towards his working methods. That said, Zidane could anytime return to the limelight as a manager of a big club and shut down his critics for all the criticisms passed on him at his time at Real Madrid.
Zidane leaves the club as a hero
Zinedine left his mark in the history of Real Madrid both as a player and as a manager. He took on as the interim manager and helped the club win every champions league title. In 2 and a half years span, the club won 9 trophies under his stint as a manager with 3 Champions League titles, 1 La Liga, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 2 Club cups and 2 UEFA Super Cups.
All that achievements in just a span of 2 and a half years is a remarkable achievement for any interim manager. Having faced criticism at the start of the season for not being a tactical person, Zidane turned the club’s fortune by helping the club win a 3rd consecutive Champions League title. It is for the best to leave things on a high note and Zidane probably knows it the best.