Former Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane in a recent interview with UEFA praised Karim Benzema’s attributes, Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo’s leadership skills. And what it means to him after becoming the manager to win three Champions League in a row.
Zinedine Zidane resigned after he won the third Champions League in a row with Real Madrid.
Zidane, the man who came at the Santiago Bernabue where Real Madrid were falling apart. Los Blancos were 15 points behind their arch rivals Barcelona in La Liga and were not in any shape to win the Champions League.
After Rafa Benitez was sacked, Zidane was appointed by the Real Madrid president. And everything slowly started to change under the Frenchman.
Real Madrid lost the league that season, but won the Champions League. Just in the next season, Zidane didn’t fail to win the La Liga this time including the Champions League. Despite falling apart in the league in his third season, he guided his side to yet another Champions League win.
Going back to the every memory, Zidane told UEFA:
“The Champions League titles were special for different reasons.T he first one stands out because it was the first for me as a coach, the second one was symbolic and intense, and the third put the icing on my three seasons at Real Madrid. I always stayed true to the football philosophy that I transmitted to my players, regardless of who our opponents were.”
Thoughts on Benzema:
“Karim was important for the balance of the team in terms of how he wanted the team to attack. Helping to implement our possession game by playing with his teammates, he’s a true team player.”
The manager also revealed that he had to do nothing to motivate the players as Ramos and Ronaldo were always up for that job.
“My job was to keep people quiet!”Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo were a big presence in the Real dressing room under Zidane, something that the former coach acknowledged. Both are players with a lot of energy and influence within the squad. Sergio Ramos is a natural leader and a great presence in the dressing room, while Cristiano Ronaldo is a leader on the pitch that inspires his teammates. “They complemented each other well.”