France national team boss Didier Deschamps claims that he is not surprised by the success Zinedine Zidane has achieved since taking over at Real Madrid just over a year ago.
However, he is certainly surprised by the way the former French star has managed the club in this period. Regarded as one of the most political clubs, managing Madrid has to be a challenge even for the best in the business. Yet, Zidane has managed to win more trophies than the number of defeats that he has suffered at the club. Zidane has already won the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup.
After achieving incredible success as a player,it was clear that Zidane was being groomed to become a future Real Madrid manager. However, the time came in abrupt circumstances when Rafa Benitez was sacked midway through last season. Rather than look outside for a coach, Madrid adopted the philosophy of Barcelona and brought in Zidane is the replacement. It has been a great move by Florentino Perez, as it has yielded the club their 11 European cup amongst other trophies.
Zidane has encountered numerous challenges along the way like poor form of players, transfer bans, and constant transfer speculation surrounding squad players. Yet, he has handled them with aplomb including egos like Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He took over Real Madrid in a difficult situation. He can count on a very, very good team and the results are there to see and he manages the team very well. He could have started his managerial career at another club but Real Madrid is his home. It seems to me that he is really calm and relaxed.Sincerely, I am happy for him and his success and I know it is reciprocal,” said Deschamps, who was recently voted as the most influential person in French football by L’Equipe.