Former Real Madrid defender: Zidane already a great coach

Former Real Madrid defender: Zidane already a great coach

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Ricardo Carvalho has praised Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, saying the Frenchman has already secured his standing as a “great coach”.

Zidane guided Real to another Champions League final having won last year’s addition against Atletico Madrid, the same team Los Blancos defeated over two legs in the last fortnight.

The 44-year-old has only been in charge at the Bernabeu since January 2016.

Carvalho played for Madrid between 2010 and 2013, and has since moved to Chinese side Shanghai SIPG after more than 90 games with AS Monaco.

“He was always a footballer who knew the players very well,” the Portuguese said of Zizou.

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“He has also been a long-term player and sometimes it is important to feel what the player thinks.

“But I think above all else he is in a great club and to be a good coach, it is also important to have good players around you.

“And yes, he was a great player and could turn out to be a great coach.

“In fact he already is, and I’m sure he will keep up his good work at Real Madrid.”

Madrid will face Juventus at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on 3 June in a bid to claim their 12th Champions League crown.

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