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Ultimate Guide To Real Madrid's 2016

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Zinedine Zidane has seen almost everything he touches turn to gold since taking over as head coach at Real, ending last season with a great win streak and taking the two trophies in Europe.

He has experimented with 4-1-4-1 and 4-4-2 in pre-season rather than his preferred 4-3-3 setup of last year, and the French boss' growth as a manager will continue as he makes mistakes, learns from them and continually tweaks his team to beat all types of opponents.

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The boss clearly has the respect of the dressing room, with little reported unrest since he took over.

Raphael Varane told Marca he was staying at the Bernabeu club because he "trusts" Zidane, and there have been several occasions already when a goal on the pitch is celebrated by the players running to their head coach.

Perhaps the most interesting move from Zidane this summer was to appoint a new fitness coach, Antonio Pintus, to whom he has been extremely close and engaging in conversation over the pre-season fixtures.

Zidane's relationship with Madrid clearly runs deep, and his sons Luca (goalkeeper) and Enzo (midfielder) were involved in the senior's pre-season tour in North America.

Thus far, Zidane's competitive record in charge of Real Madrid reads 22 wins, four draws and two defeats.


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Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2658670-ultimate-guide-to-real-madrids-201617-season

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