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Steve McManaman has made a great point about Zidane ahead of CL final

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Real Madrid will play their third consecutive Champions League final on Saturday, having won the previous two.

It's an incredible record and one that manager Zinedine Zidane couldn't possibly have predicted when he took over from Rafa Benitez in January 2016.

Benitez hadn't fit in with the players and Real's season suffered accordingly. Enter Zidane - a coach without any top-flight experience who turned things around to such a degree that Real were European champions at the end of the season.

His second season went even better; 16/17 saw Zidane lead his team to La Liga's title for the first time in five years and then become the second man to lift the European Cup in both of his first two seasons in management after Jose Villalonga won the very first two editions.

And despite a poor showing in La Liga this year, Real are into the final once again.

Zidane is looking to be the first manager in history to win the European Cup three times in a row - he would only become the third to win it three times in total, after Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti.

All in all, Zidane's first three seasons in management have been an unbelievable success, possibly about to reach levels that we've never seen before.

And according to former Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman, it's time to start recognising that fact.

“The players were not happy when he was appointed," said McManaman, who won the Champions League alongside Zidane in 2002. "He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues.

Real Madrid Brazilian Ronaldo (2nd L) is

"If Pep Guardiola had done this, people would be singing from rooftops.

"He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken, he gives nothing away; Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful."

It's very difficult to argue with McManaman as Zidane certainly hasn't received the kind of plaudits that Guardiola has.

Barcelona's Spanish coach Josep Guardiol

The two have followed relatively similar career paths, having begun with their team's 'B' side before taking their first real job with the senior side.

Both have then gone on to achieve incredible success, redefining what a team can achieve.

Guardiola has tested himself and done it elsewhere - perhaps it'll take the same from Zidane before he's truly commended.

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