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WATCH: Real Madrid release super emotional video for Zidane on his comeback to Bernabeu

Sudarshan Venkatesan

Zinedine Zidane is appointed as Real Madrid boss for the second time.

Real Madrid have been calamitous under the management of Santiago Solari over the last two weeks. The former Los Blancos manager has lost four of their last six games which has pressurized the club to make an immediate change.

The reigning European Champions have reappointed their former Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane as their new manager. The French International decided to back off as the gaffer following the Champions League victory last summer.


Here is the video of Real Madrid welcoming their boss back.

With this decision to reappoint the 46-year-old, the Argentine International Santiago Solari has been relieved from his duties as the Real Madrid manager.

In the Los Blancos statement, it read

“The Real Madrid board of directors, which met today, Monday 11 March 2019, has decided to terminate Santiago Solari’s contract as first-team coach, whilst Real Madrid have offered him the opportunity to remain at the club.

Real Madrid wish to thank Solari for his work, commitment and the loyalty that he has always displayed towards this club, which is his home.

The board of directors also agreed on the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as head coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three campaigns, until 30 June 2022.

The Real Madrid president will address the media alongside Zinedine Zidane at 8pm (CET) tonight in the Santiago Bernabéu media room.”

As announced by the club, the press conference will quickly follow up shortly in a short span of time.

Zinedine Zidane was appointed as the manager of Real Castilla in 2014 and he managed the second tier club for two years before taking over the club after the sacking of Rafa Benitez in 2016.

During his three-year stint with the club, Zidane was able to lift the Champions League thrice, La Liga once, and FIFA Club World Cup once. It was a memorable journey last time for the French International as he became the first time in the history to win the Champions League thrice in a row.

The likes of Marco Asensio, Isco, and Marcelo have all struggled under their previous managers. But, they were the players who played an integral part in Zidane’s success last time. That trio will be raring to reinstate their names in the starting eleven.

When he spent his time with Real Madrid last time, he managed 149 games, winning 104, drawing 29 and losing another 16. With this record, Zidane had a win percentage record of 69.79%.

On the other hand, Julen Lopetegui who was sacked as Spain’s national team manager two days before the kick off of the World Cup was shown the exit door following the humiliating 5-1 defeat to Barcelona in October.

The Spanish International managed 14 games for the Los Blancos, winning 6, drawing 2, and losing another six. The winning record was just 42% which is not surplus to requirements for a calibre of Real Madrid.

Lopetegui’s successor Santiago Solari started off slowly and picked up good results until February. The Argentine International was rated highly by Florentino Perez, but four defeats in five games saw him getting the sack.

Solari managed 28 games, winning 18, drawing 2, and losing another 10. The win percentage was 62%. The loss to Girona, Ajax, and Barcelona twice was enough to prove that the Argentine was never succeeding here given the small amount time he had to change things around.

Despite managing more than 100 games, Zidane’s win percentage speaks volumes. This announcement came as a surprise to most of the fans who demanded immediate change following the ongoing conundrum.

Even though Zidane will not be able to win anything this season, he will be more focussed on securing his targets as the Los Blancos prepare a blueprint to compete with Barcelona once again.

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