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Zidane: "A coach is never fully ready"

SPORTYOU SPORTYOU 05/01/2016 sportyou
Zidane: 'A coach is never fully ready' © Getty Images Zidane: 'A coach is never fully ready'

Zinedine Zidane took charge of his first training session as Real Madrid first-team coach at Valdebebas today and from there went straight to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, where he gave his first press conference as Rafa Benítez's replacement. "Zinedine has had a busy morning", said Emilio Butragueño, who took charge of presenting the new coach, by way of apology for Zidane's delay in arriving at his date with the media. Zidane said that he had "a good feeling" about his new job, although he added the caveat that "a coach is never fully prepared, less still one who has never really coached", but said that he was "motivated by this challenge, I am excited and enthusiastic and this will help things turn out well." In contrast to this idea, he said that being a club legend will not necessarily help him: "the only thing that is going to give me anything is winning games." When asked what he would be happy with, he answered "winning everything."

"My first words have been important for all the players because we've trained in front of the fans. I told them that I'm very happy to be beside them, that a new adventure is starting and that we are going to try to do everything possible to complete the objectives" said 'Zizou' about the morning session, which was open to the public, as is now traditional on the eve of the Three Kings holiday. "The way the players are handled will be different from how the Castilla players are, because they are experienced players. But the message for them will be the same: hard work, intensity in every game and excitement in every training session." In his opinion, the coach has to be "close to the players and have a good relationship with all of them."

As for his ideas about the football the team should play, he proposes a style that is "fast, attacking and balanced", adding that it will be based on "playing from the back, progressing into the opposition half quickly and having possession of the ball." Asked about his professional references, he said, without referring to any individual in particular, "I knew Mourinho, Ancelotti, and as a player I had many coaches. I have always taken something from each of them and they have always told me that the important thing is to do what is right for the team, not what other coaches do."

A nice touch towards Rafa Benítez

In his press conference, Zidane wanted to mention Rafa Benítez: "We have to think that the work done by Benitez has been good and I want to wish him all the best for the future" adding that "I want the players to enjoy themselves out on the pitch, as I am sure they have done with Benítez."

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