When Rafael Benitez was sacked midway through the season at Real Madrid, there was a sense of relief around the Santiago Bernabeu. That sense of relief quickly turned into joy when it was announced that Zinedine Zidane would step in to replace the Spaniard.
Zidane is a man that has long been idolised in Madrid, and it’s not like a player of his class deserved anything else. He had previously helped Carlo Ancelotti win La Decima, but this was his chance to be in the limelight.
It is fair to say he has taken this chance with both hands.
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When Zidane took over, Madrid appeared down and out in La Liga, where at one point they were closer to fourth-placed Villarreal, than to Barcelona at the top.
However, Zidane has managed to instil a team spirit among Madrid that was only last visible during the famous La Decima triumph.
Madrid went through the paces in La Liga, even winning the El Clasico in the Camp Nou and only losing once, but while Zidane has changed the fortunes of this Madrid team for the time being, the deficiencies are visible.
The Signings Real Madrid Need
Danilo has not been good enough this season to even deputise for the excellent Dani Carvajal, and while Casemiro has been brought into the side to add to the defensive balance, someone with a better eye for a pass would have done better.
Also, cover for left-back in this Madrid team has been non-existent this season. Lucas Vasquez and Nacho Fernandez have both deputised when Marcelo is not available, but Madrid need to sign a left-back that is sound both defensively and offensively.
Lastly, despite the emergence of Jese and Lucas as attacking options, Madrid still need a centre forward that is capable of deputising for Karim Benzema.
Madrid were lucky in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, with two of their stellar trio missing, to have gotten a Manchester City team that didn’t know whether to stick or twist, but they might not be so lucky next time.
Injuries have played their part in Real’s poor campaign this season, but they have a chance to end it on a high, and Zidane is certainly the right man to take them forward and into next season.
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