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Zidane Voted The Best Coach In The World

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The 48 year old Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has been voted the best manager in the world by French newspaper L’Equipe, defeating Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola to the title.

He has won a La Liga title, three Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, two Club World Cups and a Spanish Super Cup during his first spell at Real Madrid before he surprisingly left the club in 2018.

He was re-appointed within just ten months, however, and has gone on to win another La Liga title and another Super Cup this season to continue his remarkable record with Madrid.

He then won a La Liga title, three Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, two Club World Cups and a Spanish Super Cup during his first spell at Madrid before he surprisingly left the club in 2018.

Within just 10 months, Zidane was re-appointed, however, and has gone on to win another La Liga title and another Super Cup this season to continue his remarkable record with the Los Merenguez.

Klopp and Guardiola join Zidane in the top three for their remarkable achievements, but there was no room for Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, who L’Equipe described as having a “fading image and magic.”

On Zidane, they wrote: “He is a coach who has experienced only one club, and quite rarely defeat.

“A coach who did what none of his predecessors did, win three Champions Leagues in a row (2016, 2017, 2018), who was able to return to the footsteps of his own glory and question everything to become a new Spanish champions with Real Madrid last month.

“Guardiola has something else, his dogma, his permanent research, the virtuosity of his collective game, dizzying constructions, his consistency (198 points in two seasons from 2017 to 2019), but he does not have everything, and chooses his central defenders as his attackers or midfielders.’

They also added Klopp has “charisma” and described him as the “fashionable man” and “favourite of many.”

Zidane has a chance of winning a fourth Champions League as coach later this month but faces an uphill task as he goes head-to-head with two-time winner Guardiola when Manchester City and Madrid meet in the second leg of their last-16 clash on Friday, with City 2-1 up from the first game in Spain.



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Zidane: Risks paid off against Legia

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitted to taking a risk with his starting 11 after seeing his side triumph 5-1 in their Champions League clash with Legia Warsaw on Tuesday evening.Goals from Lucas Vazquez, Alvaro Morata, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, and an own goal handed Real the win with the visitors grabbing a consolation penalty through Miroslav Radovic.

Still, the Frenchman said his decision to play Asensio and James Rodriguez in a three-man midfield had upset the balance of the team.

"Defensively, the balance of the team was not perfect sometimes. They did not really make chances, but were able to counter-attack easily sometimes. The good thing is that we made many chances to score and scored five goals," said Zidane.

"I am happy with the attacking performances. We played a very offensive XI and that meant more risks."But that was the option taken and we played a bit more attacking today. Sunday will be another game and a different team."

Zidane also praised his three young players after they got on the scoresheet.

"They [Asensio, Morata and Lucas Vazquez] did very well, not just in the game today, but with their work all week," Zidane said. "We will have many games and all players will get chances. But I am happy with what the three up front are doing."

Real are now level on seven points with Borussia Dortmund and face the Germans in Spain on December 7.
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SPAIN SACKS COACH 2DAYS BEFORE WORLD CUP

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Spanish national team, the La Rojas have sacked their head coach Julen Lopetegui on Tuesday, 2 days before their first game in the world cup against Portugal. The Spanish Football federation (RFEF) announced the sack of Julen on Tuesday because the negotiation occurred "without any information to the RFEF". Quoting Luis Rubiales the RFEF president, he said "I know it's a very difficult situation. I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do," RFEF president Luis Rubiales said. "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision."

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PORTUGAL HEAD COACH RELEASES 35-MAN LIST WORLD CUP SQUAD

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The head coach of the Portuguese National team Fernando Santos releases his pre world cup 35-man list and some big names were omitted. Although the list will still be cut down to 25-man list, and it's expected that more names will be found missing. Portugal will be kicking off their world cup campaign in June, facing Morocco. The list includes

Portugal squad

 Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA), Beto Goztepe/TUR), Rui Patricio (Sporting) 

Defenders: Antunes (Getafe/ESP), Bruno Alves (Rangers/SCO), Cedric Soares (Southampton/ENG), Joao Cancelo (Inter Milan/ITA), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang/CHN), Luis Neto (Fenerbahce/TUR), Mario Rui (Napoli/ITA), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona/ESP), Pepe (Besiktas/TUR), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Rolando (Marseille/FRA), Ruben Dias (Benfica).

Midfielders : Adrien Silva (Leicester City/ENG), Andre Gomes (Barcelona/ESP), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Joao Mario (West Ham/ENG), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/FRA), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton/ENG), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), William Carvalho (Sporting)

Forwards: Andre Silva (AC Milan/ITA), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/ENG), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), Eder (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia/ESP), Nani (Lazio/ITA), Paulinho (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/TUR), Rony Lopes (Monaco/FRA)

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