Following in the footsteps of Chelsea, Real Madrid has sacked their manager, former Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez to appoint Zinedine Zidane as the new manager. Former French national player Zidane is a World Cup winner and former Real Madrid star who currently coaches the Real Madrid B team.
Zidane’s appointment as Real manager was only a matter of time but the dismissal of Rafa may have come as a shock to many. In his 7 months as Real manager, Benitez coached his team in 25 matches out of which 17 ended in wins, a 68% winning percentage. Real is currently third in La Liga, 4 points below Atletico de Madrid. His last match against Valencia ended in a 2 – 2 tie.
Despite lack of experience in coaching top flight teams, Real Madrid management is putting their faith in Zidane. Upon confirmation of his appointment, Zidane said, “I am going to put my heart and soul into this job so that everything works out well.” Zidane is also the first French to coach Real Madrid.
Many are speculating Benitez’s sacking was due to a bland style of play and his rigid adherence to the 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 formation. At this moment Rafa’s move is unclear but his bio-data is lucrative enough for any European club to sign him up.