Will Zidane stay at Real Madrid? The pros... and the cons



Posted Friday, May 14, 2021 by Marca.com

Will Zidane stay at Real Madrid? The pros... and the cons

Zinedine Zidane has a contract with Real Madrid until June 30, 2022, but nobody is completely sure that he will continue beyond the end of the current season. There are pros and cons for him both stay and leaving. With Real Madrid still involved in the LaLiga Santander title race, there isn't likely to be any confirmation or news on this topic until the end of the season, but we take a look at the various arguments that can be made.

PROS

He has a fantastic track record

Few times in Los Blancos history has there ever been such identification between a team and their coach. Zidane's legend as a player has only increased through his work as coach, as he has been able to win 11 titles since first taking the job.

Stability

Real Madrid's coaching job has often been compared to the electric chair, given its capacity to devour its occupants. Zidane's time has contradicted this reputation because he has always brought such stability to the role.

His relationship with the team

Zidane maintains a relationship with his players that goes beyond the usual player-coach boundaries. His status as a club legend allows Zidane to hover in the half-space between teammate and boss. He understands the difficulties the star players have to live through, and they appreciate his experiences. He can show enough empathy with the big egos, but also has the authority which comes with the position.

He has led the team through a nightmare campaign

The season can be considered as one of the most complex in Los Blancos' history. COVID-19 and a lack of pre-season have been major barriers to success, yet Zidane has led the team well through a nightmare campaign.

He could be key to Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe is a player Real Madrid want to sign above all else. This is where Zidane's reputation becomes important, just as it was when Los Merengues swooped in ahead of Manchester United to sign Raphael Varane from Lens.

CONS

His record coaching young players

Real Madrid need to harness a promising crop of young players, but Zidane has shown an unwillingness to bet on them. This is negatively impacting Rodrygo and Vinicius as well as those who are no longer at the club like Marcos Llorente and Theo Hernandez.

Real Madrid need to revolutionise their squad

This is an ageing team. There is no getting away from that. Key positions need to be revolutionised and Zidane's loyalty to older players who have been with him for a while is a problem. Zidane is often uneasy about using new signings and this has led to a squad stagnation at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos are in a comfort zone

There is something comfortable about Real Madrid at this moment. They are finishing in the top four and have a popular coach, but there is no sign of the team returning to the very summit of Europe. There perhaps needs to be change to shake things up a little.

Raul is a promising coach

Zidane was forced to wait a while for his chance to coach the senior team and Real Madrid may be running a risk of losing a talented coach in Raul by making him wait too. The Spaniard has done a lot of good things with Castilla and could be seen as the next coach to evolve at Real Madrid with the senior team. Zidane's continuity blocks that path.

2020/21 could be a trophyless season

There is a very realistic chance that the club will end the season without a trophy. LaLiga Santander is the only chance for Los Blancos to win, but that will require Atletico Madrid to slip up. Zidane's team are competing until the last match, but a trophyless season isn't usually something which is ignored under Florentino Perez.

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