Zinedine Zidane will win LaLiga Santander and there will be someone calling customer services to complain. ‘Yes the washing machine works, but I don’t like how the buttons are placed.’
The process of picking up a starting line-up is as follows: Zidane decides the eleven, a couple of hours before the match he communicates it to his players, the club’s official media make the line-up public one hour and a quarter ahead of kick off and from that moment the comments on social networks are filled with criticism, personal obsessions, and blackboard lessons.
Invariably, the coach does it all wrong, chooses players for reasons of friendship, makes others out of shape, and leaves Diego Maradona, Pele and Magic Johnson on the bench.
In Granada, he started with five midfielders among the screams of those who’d throw bleach in their eyes to avoid seeing Isco, those who torture themselves because Vinicius Junior does not step on the grass and those who (they still exist) blame him for wasting James Rodriguez or Gareth Bale.
Real Madrid went out to play for the LaLiga Santander title with the idea that the duel at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes was a final. And for 45 minutes his Real Madrid performed well, until the break. It was 45 minutes of keeping the ball; 45 minutes of footballing excellence. They didn’t play as well in the second half, but it was enough to get the victory.
Zidane is going to win another LaLiga Santander title against Lionel Messi, because as long as Messi is alive, as we have seen, he competes against Messi.
The Argentine is deprived of titles year after year as he is getting older and his retirement is close. It will be the second time Zizou beats Barcelona in his three full seasons as Real Madrid coach.
For those two LaLiga Santander titles he has fought day by day, the players have sweated for 38 matchdays and he has used 38 different line-ups. Criticizing Zidane is ridiculous. They don’t learn and they continue doing it.
When Zidane returned he had nothing to gain. He left with three Champions League trophies in two and a half seasons, a Champions League and LaLiga Santander double for the first time in 60 years, and a lifetime place in Los Blancos’ Mount Olympus.
And he returned, to put out the fire caused by Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari and try to rescue something from the ruins. And he is about to win another LaLiga Santander with the same players who almost left a year ago, without Gareth Bale, without Marco Asensio and essentially without Eden Hazard.
One day, any day, he will go away again and it will be forever. And those who criticize him today will continue to call customer services to complain about the next coach with the fury of someone who when hearing ‘press 5’ has already forgotten what the hell the machine said in ‘press 2’ and will end up with the conclusion that ‘this person has no f… idea.’
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