(CNN) — Zinedine Zidanes next coming at Real Madrid demonstrated the Frenchman is no miracle worker.
He also had been designed to supply solutions to a crisis-ridden season when he returned as coach.
By the time Zidane had been reappointed in March, two other managers — Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari — was and gone in the blink of an eye.
Fast forward to the close of the season and Real Madrid had dropped 17 matches in all competitions and finished 19 points behind La Liga winner Barcelona, making it the Los Blancos side.
Actual lost four of the 11 games of Zidane in charge but his first spell gained him the benefit of the doubt with the club board.
However, because La Liga shouts off Athletic Club beat Barcelona on Friday — doubts still linger over Zidanes individual management skills, his tactical nous and whether or not the success of his first spell had been down to 11 players human brilliance — especially Cristiano Ronaldos persistent goalscoring feats.
I feel that the major success of Zidane in the last years was Cristiano Ronaldo and hes not at Madrid anymore, Catalunya Radio journalist Ernest Macia informed CNN Sport.
So now well see the authentic Zidane. The folks here in Madrid said:The Real Madrid of Zinedine Zidane, it was the Real Madrid of Cristiano Ronaldo. Especially when results arent excellent — Today we will see how difficult its to handle, to learn a dressing room such as Real Madrid.
He has a lot of credit since he won three Champions Leagues, but it will depend not just on the outcome but how Real Madrid plays. Unlike Barcelona, that will be a club with a doctrine and DNA, Real is a club that invests money to win titles.
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Pogba or Pogba
A tumultuous pre-season — that has included a 7-3 thrashing to new-look city rival Atletico — and Zidane feud with Gareth Bale has included doubt to an period at the club.
Its been widely reported that the Frenchman will now keep both Bale and James Rodriguez from the group against his own fantasies, as Actual failed to land his own No. 1 midfielder goal Paul Pogba.
Real President Florentino Perez is believed to be a fan of James and this Welshman — coming to his defense on a range of events during his time at the club, also has clashed over their functions with Zidane.
Zinedine Zidane desired Pogba at any cost, Macia said. When he was asked:Ok, if Pogba is not possible, another participant? He said:Pogba.
Of course its a major disappointment if Pogba remains [in Manchester United], he will have to discover solutions someplace else. Hes been offered three of four distinct options and hes unhappy with Bale, who is a participant who makes a huge distinction but he gets injured very often.
New summer signings will require the time and to what he views as his old guard Zidane has continued to show preference.
Karim Benzema looks set to begin the up front ahead of new $60 million ($66.5M) striker Luka Jovic, although doubts remain as to the role summertime signing Eden Hazard will perform.
Real announced that the Belgian star has sustained a hamstring injury and will miss Saturdays season opener against Celta Vigo, to make matters worse.
Stalwart Marcelo will likely be preferred at return to arousing young signing Ferland Mendy, since will Raphael Varane set up of 50 million ($55M) registering Eder Militao to partner captain Sergio Ramos at the center of defense.
I really dont see them winning many more titles, Macia explained. In Europe theyve large competitions, in La Liga they have Barcelona which is very well settled. It will come down to the way this project develops.
With fresh players, especially the signing of Hazard, and how they make the transition from the old ones — such as Modric at midfield — and the novices. Im not certain that Zidane is the man although I think that Real has the players.
I think itll be quite tricky for him and his brand newest time therell be more challenging than the previous four years.
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Champions League obsession
With Atletico Madrid undergoing the largest squad overhaul — albeit an exciting one — in the eight-year predominate of Diego Simeone, Barcelonas settled side is the overwhelming favorite to keep its La Liga title.
The $120 million ($132M) signing of Antoine Griezmann from guide rival Atleti and the coming of precocious talent Frenkie de Jong from Ajax has augmented the already world class squad.
However, Barcelonas attention this season will be a contest it hasnt won because 2015 and has since crashed from in style the last two seasons, about the Champions League.
After surrendering 3-0 and 4-1 Duty leads against Liverpool and Roma , respectively, there is a growing issue among fans that the team is throwing away chances for the greatest player ever: Lionel Messi.
After what has happened in the previous two seasons, the Champions League has become the priority — I would say its an obsession, Macia stated. At Barcelona we all know we have potentially the best player of all time and that were wasting our time committing ridiculous mistakes.
In Barcelona we believe that the Champions League is a must for this group. Because Barcelona comes with an unbelievable team although not only because of Messi.
Theyve invested a Great Deal of money in Griezmann and De Jong and possibly Barcelona has got the best squad in Europe, together with Manchester City.
The pre-season of barcelona showing hints that the gamers are incorporating well into the programs this year after also losing the Copa del Rey final, losing just once and continues to be promising.
However, Barcas defeat in Bilbao Friday suggested while Real won 3-1 away despite playing most of the second half after Luka Modric was delivered off the Blaugrana might have a struggle on his hands acquire the name.
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