(CNN) — Zinedine Zidane’s next coming at Real Madrid demonstrated the Frenchman is no wonder worker.
After he returned to the club for another spell as coach, he had been designed to supply solutions to a crisis-ridden season.
From now Zidane was reappointed in March, two additional supervisors — Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari — was gone in the blink of an eye.
Fast forward to the end of the season and Real Madrid had lost 17 matches in all competitions and finished 19 points supporting La Liga winner Barcelona, which makes it the worst Los Blancos facet of this 21st Century.
Real dropped four of Zidane’s 11 matches in charge but his trophy-laden first spell made him the benefit of the doubt with all the club’s board.
However, since La Liga shouts off — Athletic Club conquer Barcelona on Friday — doubts still linger over Zidane’s individual management abilities, his tactical nous and whether or not the achievement of his first bout had been down to 11 players’ individual brilliance — especially Cristiano Ronaldo’s relentless goalscoring feats.
“I feel that the main victory of Zidane in the previous years was Cristiano Ronaldo and he is not at Madrid anymore,” Catalunya Radio journalist Ernest Macia informed CNN Sport.
“So now we will observe the authentic Zidane. The folks here in Madrid stated:’The Real Madrid of Zinedine Zidane, it had been the Real Madrid of Cristiano Ronaldo.’ Now we’ll see how difficult it is to handle, to master a dressing room such as Real Madrid — especially when results are not good.
“He’s a great deal of credit since he won three Champions Leagues, however it will rely not only on the outcomes but how Real Madrid plays. Contrary to Barcelona, that is a club with a philosophy and DNA, Real is a team which invests money to win titles.”
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Pogba or Pogba
A turbulent pre-season — that has contained a 7-3 thrashing to new-look city rival Atletico — and Zidane’s continuing feud with Gareth Bale has included yet more uncertainty to an already cloudy transitional period at the club.
It has been reported that the Frenchman will now keep both Bale and James Rodriguez in the group against his own fantasies, as Real failed to land his own No. 1 midfielder target Paul Pogba.
Real President Florentino Perez has been thought to be a fan of the Welshman — coming to his defense on a number of occasions during his time at the club and James, also has reportedly clashed with Zidane over their future functions.
“Zinedine Zidane wanted Pogba at any price,” Macia said. “When he was asked:’Okay, if Pogba isn’t possible, another player?’ He explained:’Pogba.’
“Obviously it’s a big disappointment if Pogba stays [at Manchester United], he’ll have to locate answers someplace else. He’s been offered three of four unique choices and he is unhappy with Bale, who is a participant who makes a huge distinction but he has hurt very frequently.”
Several new summer signings may also need the time to gel and Zidane has continued to display preference to that which he views as his trusted old guard.
Karim Benzema looks set to begin the season up front before new $60 million ($66.5M) striker Luka Jovic, although doubts remain as to the role summer marquee signing Eden Hazard may perform.
To make things worse, Real announced Friday the Belgian star has sustained a hamstring injury and will miss Saturday’s season opener against Celta Vigo.
Stalwart Marcelo will likely be preferred at left back to thrilling young signing Ferland Mendy, since will Raphael Varane instead of 50 million ($55M) signing Eder Militao to partner captain Sergio Ramos in the center of defense.
“I don’t see them winning many more names,” Macia explained. “In Europe they’ve large opponents, in La Liga they’ve Barcelona that’s well settled. It will come down to the way Real Madrid expands this undertaking.
“With fresh players, particularly the registering of Hazard, and also the way in which they make the transition from the old ones — such as Modric from midfield — and the novices. I think that Real has got the players to do it but I am not sure that Zidane is your man.
“I think it’ll be quite difficult for him and his brand new time there will be more challenging than the previous four decades.”
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Champions League ‘obsession’
Together with Atletico Madrid getting the biggest squad overhaul — an intriguing one — in Diego Simeone’s eight-year reign, Barcelona’s settled facet would be the overwhelming favorite to keep its La Liga name.
The $120 million ($132M) signing of Antoine Griezmann from direct rival Atleti and the arrival of precocious talent Frenkie de Jong from Ajax has bolstered an already world class group.
But, Barcelona’s attention this year will undoubtedly be about the Champions League, a contest it hasn’t won because 2015 and has crashed from in spectacular fashion the past two seasons.
After surrendering 4-1 and 3-0 aggregate leads against Roma and Liverpool, respectively, there’s a growing concern among fans that the club is throwing off chances for arguably the best player in history: Lionel Messi.
“After what has happened in the previous two seasons, the Champions League is now the priority — I would say it is an obsession,” Macia said. “In Barcelona we understand we have possibly the best player ever and that we’re wasting our time committing ridiculous mistakes.
“In Barcelona we believe that the Champions League is essential for this group. Not only due to Messi but because Barcelona has an amazing team.
“They have invested a lot of cash in Griezmann and De Jong and potentially Barcelona has the best squad in Europe, along with Manchester City.”
Barcelona’s pre-season continues to be promising, losing only once and revealing indications that the new gamers are integrating nicely into the programs of Ernesto Valverde, who himself is under pressure this season after also losing the Copa del Rey closing.
However, Barca’s defeat in Bilbao Friday hinted the Blaugrana might have a struggle on his hands win the name, while Real won 3-1 away at Celta Vigo despite playing the majority of the second half with 10 men after Luka Modric was sent away.

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