Five Lessons we learned from Zidane’s first match with Real
Zidane contested his first match as the coach of the Royal Club against Deportivo La Coruna, which saw his side run out 5-0 winners. The Real players heaped praise on Zidane after the match, and here are the 5 lessons we learned from his first match in charge
- Team selection
Rodriguez looks to have lost his place in the starting 11, in favour of Isco. Isco, the fan’s and club president’s favourite, had been left sitting on the bench Benitez, a move widely held to be one of the reason’s for his sacking.
The French coach appeared elegant in a blue suit and brown shoes. He watch with complete calm, and moved nothing but his lips when his players scored.
Real’s defensive frailties are not something new – in the most recent Classico, the side let in four goals. Zidane has to solve this problem to avoid slipping down the league, and risk the unthinkable of missing out on Champions League qualification. A clean sheet against mid-table Deportivo is a promising start.
- Where to play brilliant Bale?
Bale is having his best season since his record move to Real – he leads assists in the Liga and has scored more goals than Messi and Griezmann. These figures can be attributed to his promotion from winger to striker in the Benitez era, but will this continue with Zidane?
- Righting wrongs
Zidane is dealing with Benitez’s mistakes in a diplomatic way, trying to win the loyalty of players under the management of Benitez – sending Rodriguez on to replace Isco in the 66th minute was a masterstroke.