“Zidane didn’t bring any technical, tactical or training innovations to Real Madrid,” Marcelo Lippi told La Gazzetta dello Sport magazine Sportweek when asked about whether Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo can make the same impact as Zinedine Zidane as a manager.
“He just made the squad feel calm, used the best players in the ideal conditions to give their best. And he won everything. Like Zidane, Pirlo retired from football and took three years to think carefully about what he really wanted to do next in life.
“Just like Zidane, Pirlo spent his career at top clubs, he knows the philosophy, how it feels when you win or lose, what it means to be in that environment.”
Alessandro Del Piero has also suggested that Andrea Pirlo can be as good as Zidane as a manager. While a lot has been said about out gaffer’s ‘philosophy’, Zizou’s done an excellent job in reaping the very best out of his players into helping Real Madrid win so many trophies under him.
The Frenchman has won more trophies than ‘revolutionary managers’ Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho in the last 5 years, so it’s time everyone appreciates the fact that he’s just special and not lucky.