It's rather safe to say that Zinedine Zidane has taken well to management.
The French icon enjoyed a stellar debut season with Los Blancos, culminating with a record 11th European title beating arch rivals Atletico Madrid in the final.
In addition to Champions League glory, Zidane's Madrid won an astonishing 12 games on the trot at the end of the season to come close to pipping Barcelona to the title.
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All in all, Zidane managed to overcome the earlier shortcomings under Rafael Benitez into a very successful campaign. Like any great team though, there is still room for improvement at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Here we take a look at three things Zidane must do to continue Real Madrid's quest for titles.
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Revamp The Midfield
One of the most noticeable features of Zidane's reign so far is that he hasn't hesitated to bench big name players like James Rodriguez and Isco for the sake of the team.
In Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo (famously known as the BBC) Real Madrid have an extremely attacking frontline and with the inclusion of an attacking midfielder like Rodriguez into the side, Los Blancos often lack a balance in the midfield - as highlighted by their 4-0 El Clasico thumping at the hands of Barcelona early in the season.
Real Madrid are in need for a real midfield general to dictate the play with the ability to be effective from box-to-box and there are none better than Paul Pogba. The Juventus star has matured tremendously since the departures of key players Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo, directly contributing in 21 of his side's league goals this term.
With both the Manchester clubs rumoured to be interested in Rodriguez, it might be time for Madrid to cash out on the Columbian.
Give Bale A Free Role
Gareth Bale seems to split opinion among the Real Madrid fans but the lad has undoubted talent.
Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed another brilliant campaign, notching up more than 50 goals in all competitions but the Portuguese is 31 now and cannot be expected to be the main driving force for too much longer. As the season progressed, Ronaldo was seen as more of a centre forward than on the wing - a role he is expected to continue in for the remainder of his career.
This leaves Madrid needing someone to create the majority of chances for the frontline and Bale seems to be the man for the job.
The Welshman is given a free role either upfront by himself or just behind a striker in the national setup, where he directly contributed to 82% of his team's goals during qualifying - more than any other player at the Euros.
The former Tottenham player was in great form last season, scoring 19 times in just 23 league appearances - proving he is ready for a bigger role at Real Madrid.
Sign a new right back
One of the visible weak links in the current Real Madrid side seems to be the right back position. Both Dani Carvajal and Danilo have failed to impress and proven far too inconsistent to nail down a regular spot in the starting 11.
Big things were expected of Danilo when he signed from Porto for a fee believed to be around £23 million but the Brazilian has failed to settle in his new surroundings.
Many fans turned on him after a 2-0 first leg quarter-final defeat at the hands of Wolfsburg, blaming his faulty positional play for the poor result.
The rest of their defence is fairly settled so if Zidane can find a solution at right-back they will be in an even stronger position to defend their European title and launch a fresh bid to overcome Barcelona in La Liga.
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