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Zinedine Zidane shows he's still got it in Real Madrid training

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Zinedine Zidane was always renowned for his incredible first touch during his playing days but it seems that over a decade after playing his last match, he hasn't lost it.

Zidane bowed out of the playing side of the game during the World Cup final, headbutting his way into retirement and leaving fans with plenty of fond memories.

The legendary Frenchman may be focussing on his managerial skills these days as he tries to emulate the huge success he experienced in his playing days, but that doesn't mean he still can't teach the young Real Madrid stars a skill or two.

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Indeed, the fact that he achieved everything a footballer could hope to has played a key role in his success as head coach at the Bernabeu. He won the Champions League as a manager at the first time of asking last season and will hope to go one step closer to retaining it on Tuesday night.

The La Liga leaders face a tough test against Borussia Dortmund and Zidane was seen putting the team through their paces ahead of the match at the Westfalenhallen. But he could have been mistaken for one of the first-team stars after showing off his remarkable first touch.

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Booting the ball up in the air, Zidane barely watched it as it came back down. No matter, he stuck his right foot out nonchalantly and the ball stopped dead on the spot. Take a look at the video below:

Rift with Cristiano Ronaldo

Zidane made perhaps his biggest decision as a manager during Real Madrid's last game against Las Palmas, when he decided to take Cristiano Ronaldo off with 20 minutes to spare.

It was the first time in a long time that Ronaldo had been taken off for tactical reasons and he was clearly not happy about it. Local newspapers have since theorised that there is an ongoing rift between the pair but Zidane insisted it was just a substitution like any other. 

At a news conference, Zidane said: "Everything is normal. Cristiano wasn't the only one angry after the game but it's over now and we are thinking about tomorrow's game.

"I understand the level of attention it received but it is what it is. I took the decision in the best (interests) of the player and that's not going to change anything.

"We have spoken about it. I'm not dumb and he's intelligent. We all have the same objectives, the two of us and the rest of the team."

Ronaldo is starting in a full strength line-up.

UD Las Palmas v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

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Zinedine Zidane
Karim Benzema
La Liga
Real Madrid
Football
UEFA Champions League

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