After having played only two matches in the current La Liga season, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane already has vultures circling around his head. It has been reported that former Los Blancos coach, Jose Mourinho, is eyeing a return to the Spanish capital."The Special One" managed Real Madrid from 2010-2013. He was signed by the Spanish giants after he won the FIFA World Coach of the Year Award in 2010. He led Real Madrid to titles in the Copa del Rey, La Liga and the Supercopa de Espana.Since his departure in 2013, Mourinho has won titles with English sides Chelsea and Manchester United. However, he has been out of a managerial role since being dismissed from Man U in December 2018. Spanish website AS reports that Mourinho has been declining other offers in the hopes that the Real Madrid position would soon open up.If this happens, it will be Mourinho's second stint as a returning manager of a high profile club. He also did two managerial spells with Chelsea. However, all of this … [Read more...] about Jose Mourinho targets Zinedine Zidane’s position at Real Madrid
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Zinedine Zidane used to don the Real Madrid CF jersey between 2001 and 2006. Undoubtedly, Zizou established himself as one of the greatest playmakers of all time. His excellence showed even when he took on the responsibility as Madrid manager in January 2016. In his two-and-a-half-year run, Zidane added many feathers to his coaching crown. However, since he came back earlier this year for his second stint as coach, things have not been going according to plan.His win percentage is significantly low, with figures not even reaching 50%. This particular statistic is raising eyebrows in the Spanish and European football fraternity. Madrid's inconsistency this season is a worrying sign for Zizou's bosses. If the club wants to bring back their UEFA Champions League crown, a special tactical mastery needs to be injected into the way the team is approaching the sport right now. With a loss in their opening UCL encounter against Paris Saint-Germain, things are about to get tougher for the team … [Read more...] about Is Zinedine Zidane struggling as a manager at Real Madrid?
Not many people took note of what happened to Julen Lopetegui after he was unceremoniously kicked out of coaching duties at Real Madrid early last season. On Sunday night, the disgraced coach, who is now at the helm of Sevilla FC, will have a big chance to redeem himself as his side hosts his former team at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.It may be remembered that Lopetegui was sacked from the Spanish National Team on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after it was revealed that he had accepted a job with Real Madrid. The Spaniard's woes continued after he was also sacked by Real Madrid just two months into the 2018/19 season. He was axed after only managing to take the team to 9th position on the league table, and after suffering a 5-1 defeat at El Clasico.Needless to say, his reputation was in shambles. On Sunday, Lopetegui has the opportunity to redeem himself in front of the same people who almost ruined him. His current team, Sevilla FC, will be playing against Zinedine Zidane's … [Read more...] about Sevilla vs. Real Madrid: Julen Lopetegui out for revenge?
Real Madrid will face a major crisis like no other if Zinedine Zidane resigns before the La Liga season even begins. The team's manager is reportedly on the brink of walking out after his plans to sign Paul Pogba did not push through.According to a report by the Independent, Zidane is not happy with the way Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has handled the summer transfer window. It is believed that Zidane's plan to rejuvenate the team was heavily dependent on the arrival of new talents like Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe.Among the three big targets, only Hazard is now wearing the famous white jersey. WIth the English transfer window already closed, Pogba has been ruled out. At the moment, transfer rumors are swirling around PSG star Neymar Jr. On the contrary, news about the possible acquisition of Mbappe has died down.Is this situation causing friction between Zidane and Perez? Diego Torres of El Pais claimed that a crisis is brewing at the Bernabeu."Not signing Pogba … [Read more...] about Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane reportedly ready to resign
Eden Hazard was the biggest summer signing for Real Madrid CF. However, he was unfortunately sidelined for several weeks due to an injury. On Saturday's early fixture against Levante, Zinedine Zidane finally gave him the opportunity to make his competitive debut albeit off the bench.Real Madrid edged out Levante 3-2 after a stellar first half that saw striker Karim Benzema netting a brace. Casemiro gave Los Blancos a comfortable 3-goal advantage before the end of the first half and boy, did they need it!Levante came out of half time with all guns blazing. Former Real Madrid player, Borja Mayoral, pulled back a goal in the 49th minute. He respectfully refused to celebrate in front of his former club's fans. However, his goal was enough to fire up Levante.The game's tempo quickly changed and Real Madrid's first half dominance visibly disappeared. In the 60th minute, Zidane brought in Hazard and fellow new signing Eder Militao for Casemiro and captain Sergio Ramos.Hazard had an attempt … [Read more...] about Real Madrid vs. Levante: Eden Hazard finally makes La Liga debut