(CNN) — Zinedine Zidanes next coming Real Madrid demonstrated the Frenchman is no miracle worker.
When he returned as coach, he was assumed to supply solutions to some season.
By the time two additional supervisors — Santiago Solari and Julen Lopetegui — was gone in the blink of the eye.
Fast forward to the end of Real Madrid and the season had dropped 17 games in all competitions and completed 19 points supporting La Liga champion Barcelona, making it the Los Blancos side of this 21st Century.
Actual dropped four of the 11 games of Zidane accountable but his spell gained him the benefit of the doubt with the board of all the club.
However, because La Liga kicks off — Athletic Club conquer Barcelona on Friday — doubts still linger over Zidanes individual management skills, his tactical nous and whether the success of his first spell had been down to 11 players human brilliance — notably Cristiano Ronaldos relentless goalscoring feats.
I believe the most important victory of Zidane from the last years was Cristiano Ronaldo and he is not at Madrid anymore, Catalunya Radio journalist Ernest Macia informed CNN Sport.
So now we will see the true Zidane. The people here in Madrid said:The Real Madrid of Zinedine Zidane, it was the Real Madrid of Cristiano Ronaldo. Especially when results arent excellent — now we will see how difficult it is to manage, to master a room such as Real Madrid.
Hes a great deal of credit since he won three Champions Leagues, but it will depend not just on the results but on how Real Madrid plays. Contrary to Barcelona, that is a club with a philosophy and DNA, Real is a club which invests money to win titles
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Pogba or Pogba
Zidane feud with Gareth Bale — along with A tumultuous pre-season — that has contained a 7-3 thrashing to city rival Atletico has included yet more uncertainty to an already uncertain historic period in the club.
Its been reported that the Frenchman will now keep both Bale and James Rodriguez in the squad against his own fantasies, as Real failed to land his own No. 1 midfielder target Paul Pogba.
Actual President Florentino Perez is supposed to be a fan of James and the Welshman — coming to his defense on a number of events during his time at the club, also has allegedly clashed above their functions with Zidane.
Zinedine Zidane desired Pogba at any cost, Macia said. If he was asked:Ok, if Pogba isnt feasible, another participant? He said:Pogba.
Of course its a huge disappointment if Pogba remains [at Manchester United], hell need to locate answers someplace else. Hes been given three of four different choices and he is not happy with Bale, who is a player who makes a huge difference but he has hurt very often.
New summer signings will also need time as well as to what he views as his trusted old 26, Zidane has continued to show preference.
Karim Benzema looks set to begin the up front ahead of new $60 million ($66.5M) striker Luka Jovic, although doubts remain as to the role summertime signing Eden Hazard may play.
Actual announced Friday that the Belgian superstar has sustained a hamstring injury and will miss Saturdays season opener to make things worse.
Stalwart Marcelo will probably be preferred at return to arousing youthful signing Ferland Mendy, as will Raphael Varane in place of $50 million ($55M) signing Eder Militao to partner captain Sergio Ramos in the center of defense.
I really dont see them winning a lot more titles, Macia stated. In Europe theyve large competitions, in La Liga theyve Barcelona thats well settled. It will return to this project develops.
With fresh players, especially the registering of Hazard, and also the way in which they create the transition out of the old ones — such as Modric in midfield — along with the newcomers. I think that Real has got the players but Im not sure that Zidane is your man.
I think it will be very difficult for him and his newest time there will be more challenging than the previous four decades.
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Champions League obsession
Together with Atletico Madrid undergoing the squad overhaul — albeit an exciting one — at the eight-year reign of Diego Simeone, Barcelonas settled side is the favourite.
The $120 million ($132M) signing of Antoine Griezmann from lead rival Atleti along with the arrival of precocious talent Frenkie de Jong from Ajax has augmented an already world class group.
Barcelonas attention this season will undoubtedly be a contest it has not won because 2015 and has crashed from in spectacular style the past two seasons, on the Champions League.
After surrendering 3-0 and 4-1 Duty contributes against Liverpool and Roma there is an increasing concern among fans that the club is throwing away opportunities for the greatest player ever: Lionel Messi.
After whats happened in the previous two seasons, the Champions League is now the priority — I would say its an obsession, Macia stated. In Barcelona we understand we have possibly the best player of all time and that we are squandering our time committing silly mistakes.
In Barcelona we believe the Champions League is a must for this group. Because Barcelona has an unbelievable team although not only because of Messi.
Theyve invested a lot of money in Griezmann and De Jong and possibly Barcelona has got the best squad in Europe, along with Manchester City.
The pre-season of barcelona revealing hints that the players are currently incorporating into the programs this year, losing only once and has been promising.
However, the defeat in Bilbao Friday of Barca hinted while Actual won 3-1 away at Celta Vigo despite playing most of the second half after Luka Modric was delivered away, the Blaugrana might have a battle on their hands to acquire the title.