Ancelotti: Zidane has the charisma

Carlo Ancelotti believes Zinedine Zidane has the charisma needed to be Real Madrid Coach. ‘That’s most important to deal with the players.’

Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich meet Zidane’s Madrid in a pre-season friendly and having had Zizou as his assistant for a year at Santiago Bernabeu, the Italian spoke highly of his opposite number.

“He was my assistant, he won the Champions League last year and I wish him well. Especially in Spain, but less so in Europe. We talked a lot when he was my assistant and I was convinced he had what it took to lead Madrid. He has experience, he was a great player and he has charisma, which is the most important when dealing with the players,” AS quotes Ancelotti as saying.

“Everyone has their style, their thoughts and personality. A team is never the Coach, it’s the club. Madrid is Madrid and Bayern is Bayern. The club is more important than the Coach.

“The match will be special, because I have great memories of Madrid. I really want to see the people with whom I worked for two years. It’s a friendly, the last of our tour and before the official games, I hope it’s a good game for us. It’s a new experience to face Madrid.

“James Rodriguez? He’s a great player, no one needs to tell me that. He’s a serious professional, a humble person. He had a great first year, more difficulties in the second, but he has everything to succeed again.”

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