Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane are playing with fire
January usually isn’t a time for managers to be losing their jobs. However, following the sack of Jose Mourinho from Chelsea Football Club in the English Premier League, La Liga giant Real Madrid did the same to their former manager Rafael Benitez.
Benitez was fired New Year’s Day following a 2-2 draw with Valencia C.F that prompted Real Madrid President Florentino Perez to sack him after only managing half a season. Former Real Madrid midfielder, famed French National Team player, and Real Madrid B team coach Zinedine Zidane was named Benitez’s replacement. Zidane has no first team managerial experience and is being placed in a very hostile environment at Real Madrid. Swirling transfer rumors, player insubordination, the 9th manager for Real Madrid in the past 10 years, Zidane will not have it easy. However his willingness to take the job, and especially adding in the allure of a job at Real Madrid, is too exciting to pass up. His managerial debut brought Real Madrid a 5-0 victory. Certainly there’s promise, but as mentioned before, there is no secure place in Real Madrid when it comes to managers.
There is never a time where Cristiano Ronaldo has been rumored to leaving Madrid for another club (usually Manchester United). However, this season those rumors may hold more weight than in the past. Louis Van Gaal no doubt wants to bring a player like Ronaldo to boost his club as Manchester United have been lackluster this season. Another team, Paris-Saint Germain, are also linked with Ronaldo. A whopping $150 million plus bid was put in for the Portuguese star at the end of the summer transfer window. Zidane publicly stated that Ronaldo was going nowhere when it came to transfer offers for his star. Zidane is committed to keeping Ronaldo at all costs, because his departure could mean Zidane losing his spot at Real Madrid due to potential fallout with the move.
Fans, analysts, media, and critics of all types, love to put Gareth Bale as the second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo. He plays Robin, and at times during his Real Madrid, he’s been criticized heavily for his play. Yet Bale is putting in phenomenal performances, and Ronaldo, of late, has been in rather dull form. Bale has constantly been linked to a move back to the Premier League with Manchester United. This move seems more likely but still a ways off. Real Madrid will want star power coming back their way and the only player on their radar is United goalkeeper David De Gea. After a failed transfer at the deadline that left both clubs at odds, Real Madrid will take nothing less in any player + cash deal concerning Bale or even Ronaldo.
James Rodriguez was chased all the way to the Real Madrid training ground by police. Rodriguez was speeding out of his mind and further reports on this incident have been minimal. Along with this has come a vast amount of transfer rumors that Rodriguez is very unhappy at Real Madrid and that teams are calling on his availability. Chelsea, and once again Manchester United, are the front-runners in those rumors. Both seem unlikely but still Rodriguez’s behavior coupled with unhappiness are definitely something to keep an eye on going forward.
To wrap up the whole debacle, Karim Benzema has been in the midst of a blackmailing case with him as the aggressor. Zinedine Zidane has his own shadowed history. His famous head butt has been remembered for years. But now Zidane must rise above the role of a player and into a world-class manager. It is very rare to see a rookie coach take on a team of such prestige like Real Madrid. But if history is sure to follow, Zinedine Zidane won’t be the last to endure this kind of treatment. Rafael Benitez never had a true chance to make this team in his image, and for Zinedine Zidane he has only months to prove he’s the man for the job.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/real-madrid-zinedine-zidane-playing-fire/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/a-25.jpg?fit=750%2C500&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/a-25.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AnalysisNews and UpdatesPremier LeagueRecent PostsSoccerChelsea FC,Cristiano Ronaldo,gareth bale,James Rodriguez,Karim Benzema,Louis Van Gaal,Manchester United,rafael benitez,real madrid,Zinedine ZidaneJanuary usually isn't a time for managers to be losing their jobs. However, following the sack of Jose Mourinho from Chelsea Football Club in the English Premier League, La Liga giant Real Madrid did the same to their former manager Rafael Benitez. Benitez was fired New Year's Day following a...Dillon Davis-TiradoDillon Davis-Tiradodavistirado@gmail.comContributorDillon Davis-Tirado is currently a rising journalist who joined MFST in November of 2015. He is a passionate soccer fan and is one of the main contributors to offering coverage of the sport to the fanbase. Hailing from New York City from the borough of Brooklyn, Dillon is a die-hard New York sports fan. He currently resides in Upstate New York, where he studies at Wells College in Aurora, NY. Follow him on Twitter @thedavistirado and the other MFST writers. Stay tuned for more!MyFantasySportsTalk