Tthere will always be those who will keep diving in search of someone but Zinedine Zidane. But one of the main roles of a manager is to bring out the best in his players.
And that’s exactly what happened against Liverpool, against one of the game’s most prestigious coaches. Jurgen klopp all without Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal.
Zidane went for his usual 4-3-3 despite injuries and he found Liverpool’s weak point – their defense. Toni Kroos and Thibaut Courtoislong balls helped undo the German’s training plans, while Vinicius Junior was responsible for arriving at the end of these bullets. And it worked.
But since all this is not going to change the opinion of the anti-Zidane camp, which has certainly been seen by the presidential hopeful Enrique Riquelme, let’s look at the data.
The 3-1 victory over Liverpool was Zidane’s 50th Champions League game as a coach – and its numbers are the best in the history of the competition, with 31 wins, 10 draws and nine losses. Pep guardiola had 30 wins in his top 50, while Vicente del Bosque got 29 with Real Madrid, and Diego Simeone 28 with Atletico.
Zidane’s Real Madrid are alive and well in the Champions League and Liga Santander. It remains to be seen if he can pull off such a feat, but at the moment he has options that not all coaches can tell. Not Klopp, not Ronald koeman nor Simeone. His team are also undefeated for 12 games, with ten wins and two draws.
The Frenchman’s coaching career so far has been nothing short of fantastic. He has won three Champions Leagues in a row and two league titles – a record that leaves him competing with Guardiola for the best coach in history.