Zidane praised for reviving Real

2016-05-13 11:03
Zinedine Zidane (File)

Cape Town - Real Madrid defender Marcelo says the club needed new direction after stuttering under Rafael Benitez and has praised Zinedine Zidane for "breathing life back" into the team since taking over as coach in January.

Newcastle United's relegation from the English Premier League on Wednesday completed a miserable season for Benitez who was sacked by Real barely six months into the job.

The Spaniard left with Real third in the table, four points off the top of La Liga.

Frenchman Zidane has cut the gap on leaders Barcelona to a single point going into the final games of the season at the weekend, and has led the team into an all-Spanish Champions League final with Atletico Madrid later this month.

"The coach has helped us a lot and breathed life back into us," Marcelo said in an interview with sponsors Bwin. "We all spoke and we knew we had to change something.

"We've changed and it's been for the best. Many things have changed for the better."

Real head into Saturday's game at Deportivo La Coruna in their best domestic form of the campaign, having won the last 11 matches.

"I don't like talking about numbers but the truth is we're really happy with Zidane," Marcelo said.

"He's a great coach."

Read more on:    real madrid  |  la liga  |  zinedine zidane  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.