(CNN) — Zinedine Zidane’s next coming Real Madrid proved the Frenchman is no miracle worker.
When he returned to the club for another spell as coach, he also had been supposed to supply solutions to some crisis-ridden season.
From the time Zidane was reappointed in March, two additional managers — Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari — had been gone in the blink of the eye.
Fast forward to the conclusion of the season and Real Madrid had missing 17 matches in all competitions and finished 19 points supporting La Liga winner Barcelona, which makes it the worst Los Blancos facet of this 21st Century.
Actual dropped four of Zidane’s 11 games in charge but his trophy-laden first charm made him the benefit of the doubt with the club’s board.
However, as La Liga shouts off — Athletic Club conquer Barcelona on Friday — doubts still linger over Zidane’s man management abilities, his tactical nous and whether the success of his first spell was down to 11 players’ man brilliance — notably Cristiano Ronaldo’s persistent goalscoring feats.
“I believe that the main achievement of Zidane in the preceding years has been Cristiano Ronaldo and he is not in Madrid anymore,” Catalunya Radio journalist Ernest Macia told CNN Sport.
“So today we will see the authentic Zidane. The folks here in Madrid stated:’The Real Madrid of Zinedine Zidane, it was the Real Madrid of Cristiano Ronaldo.’ Today we will see how difficult it is to handle, to master a dressing room such as Real Madrid — especially if results aren’t good.
“He has a great deal of credit since he won three Champions Leagues, however it will depend not just on the results but on how Real Madrid plays. Unlike Barcelona, which will be a club having a philosophy and DNA, Real is a club that welcomes cash to win titles.”
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Pogba or Pogba
A tumultuous pre-season — that has contained a 7-3 thrashing to new-look city rival Atletico — also Zidane’s continuing feud with Gareth Bale has included yet more doubt to an already uncertain historic period in the club.
It’s been reported that the Frenchman will now keep both Bale and James Rodriguez in the squad against his own fantasies, as Actual failed to land his own No. 1 midfielder target Paul Pogba.
Real President Florentino Perez is supposed to be a fan of the Welshman — coming into his defense on a number of events during his time in the club — and James, also has allegedly clashed with Zidane over their future jobs.
“Zinedine Zidane wanted Pogba at any price,” Macia said. “When he was asked:’Ok, if Pogba isn’t feasible, another player?’ He explained:’Pogba.’
“Obviously it is a big disappointment if Pogba stays [in Manchester United], he’ll need to locate answers somewhere else. He’s been offered three of four different choices and he is not happy with Bale, who’s a player who makes a huge distinction but he has injured very frequently.”
A couple of new summer signings may also need time to gel and Zidane has continued to show preference to that which he views as his trusted older guard.
Karim Benzema looks set to start the season up front before new $60 million ($66.5M) striker Luka Jovic, while doubts remain as to the role summer marquee signing Eden Hazard will play.
To make things worse, Actual announced Friday the Belgian star has suffered a hamstring injury and will miss Saturday’s season opener against Celta Vigo.
Stalwart Marcelo will likely be preferred at left back to arousing youthful signing Ferland Mendy, since will Raphael Varane in place of 50 million ($55M) signing Eder Militao to partner captain Sergio Ramos at the core of defense.
“I don’t see them winning a lot more titles,” Macia explained. “In Europe they’ve large competitions, in La Liga they’ve Barcelona which is well accommodated. It will return to how Real Madrid expands this undertaking.
“With fresh players, notably the registering of Hazard, and also the way in which they create the transition in the older ones — like Modric at midfield — along with the newcomers. I believe that Real has the players to do it but I’m not certain that Zidane is the guy.
“I think it’ll be quite difficult for him and his brand newest time there’ll be more difficult compared to the previous four years.”
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Champions League ‘obsession’
With Atletico Madrid undergoing the biggest squad overhaul — an exciting one — at Diego Simeone’s eight-year reign, Barcelona’s settled side would be the overwhelming favourite to retain its La Liga name.
The $120 million ($132M) registering of Antoine Griezmann from guide rival Atleti along with the arrival of precocious talent Frenkie de Jong from Ajax has bolstered the already world class group.
But, Barcelona’s focus this year will definitely be about the Champions League, a competition it has not won since 2015 and has since crashed from in spectacular style the past two seasons.
After surrendering 4-1 and 3-0 aggregate contributes against Roma and Liverpool, respectively, there is a growing concern among fans that the team is throwing away opportunities for arguably the best player ever: Lionel Messi.
“After what’s happened in the last two seasons, the Champions League is now the priority — I’d say it is an obsession,” Macia said. “In Barcelona we understand we have potentially the best player of all time and that we’re squandering our time committing ridiculous mistakes.
“In Barcelona we believe the Champions League is a must for this group. Not only because of Messi but because Barcelona has an amazing team.
“They have invested a lot of money in Griezmann and De Jong and possibly Barcelona has got the best squad in Europe, along with Manchester City.”
Barcelona’s pre-season has been promising, losing just once and demonstrating indications that the new gamers are incorporating nicely into the plans of Ernesto Valverde, who is under stress this year after also losing the Copa del Rey closing.
But Barca’s defeat in Bilbao Friday suggested the Blaugrana might have a struggle on their hands to acquire the name, while Actual won 3-1 away at Celta Vigo despite playing most of the second half with 10 men after Luka Modric was sent off.

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