It was only a matter of time. Everyone was waiting for the news of Rafa Benitez’s sacking ever since the 4-0 loss against Barcelona. Even scoring 10 goals in one game was not enough to buy the former Liverpool manager time. Long story short, club legend Zinedine Zidane has been promoted from the B team to manage the senior one. Did Real Madrid’s board take the right decision in giving Zidane the chance or was it a rushed decision?
The French legend is neither expected to start a revolution nor sign big names during this month. For now, he needs to look at his job as a mere caretaker and not plan for the upcoming seasons. Los Blancos need an immediate solution; perhaps a painkiller that allows them to step back on their feet again before it’s too late. The current players have everything it takes to win La Liga, the Champions League or even both as just a year ago, they were on a record-breaking unbeaten run.
First things first, the team is expected to line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with little surprises. His fellow countryman Raphael Varane will play alongside the usual Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal is expected to complete the back four at the expense of Danilo. Behind all four of them, Keylor Navas will be confirmed in his spot since the team is not ready to invest in a new signing at the back until the future of their manager is decided.
Spanish midfielder Isco is not expected to break into the starting XI but he’ll probably see more action and have a bigger role than the one he had under Benitez. Even Real Madrid fans gave the player the vote of confidence as they want him to stay at their club amid interest from Juventus and other clubs. Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are natural choices in the middle and the trio of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez will play in front of them. There is little doubt that Karim Benzema will be the lone striker. The French forward is having a good season so far and the new manager can only make him better. However, it remains to be seen if Jese will be given playing time or offloaded to another team.
There’s a lot of tasks at the hand of the Frenchman, will he bring Ronaldo back to his best levels or will the Portuguese star move away? Will Gareth Bale be pushed out of the picture or does he still have a role at the club? Zidane needs to build a good relationship will all his players, particularly the superstars and please them all.
Zidane is a football champion, but his there are doubts over his appointment. He’s inexperienced when it comes to training at the top level but he has the support of the fans. Madrid’s first game under the new boss will be against Deportivo La Coruña, they will probably win it but can Zidane deliver beyond that and compete with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for the title?