The conflict between Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid

Real Madrid news has seen the club’s boss Zinedine Zidane revert to using his old guard in recent months and side-line the most promising talent at the club.

That is said by a report in El Mundo Deportivo to be a growing source of conflict between the club and the manager, who hold different views on which players should be deployed.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane

The club’s transfer policy in recent years has seen a focus on signing young talent – Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, Martin Odegaard, Brahim Diaz, Andriy Lunin, Reinier and Takefusa Kubo.

However, only established signings such as Thibaut Courtois, Ferland Mendy and Eden Hazard have become regulars in the side since Zidane’s return to the club in March 2019.

Raphael Varane and Lucas Vazquez have both started in 16 successive matches, Courtois has been ever-present all season while Toni Kroos has played 14 games in a row, Luka Modric has been involved in 15 of the last 16 while Casemiro is also an ever-present for Los Blancos.

Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos

Karim Benzema has started 10 games in a row since being unavailable with a muscular injury while Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Hazard are almost always selected when fit.

Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandez, Marcelo, Alvaro Odriozola and Mariano Diaz are among the players not getting minutes, while Luka Jovic scored twice on his return to Eintracht Frankfurt after being a peripheral figure in Madrid.

Madrid’s team now is almost exactly the same as it was when Zidane left in 2018 with only minimal changes – and the club are said to want a faster transformation.


  1. Naziru Alhassan says:

    Zidane selected players whose are always fact some are giving him problem,such players that are giving real Madrid problem are varine,Mendy and benzima.these players are not good.

    1. Benedict says:

      He have to stop that

    2. angel says:

      Thank you for your analysis. The same thing I always saying. If he continues like that, he will lose his job in the near future. Look at Jovic yesterday. Superb. But in case he is still at Madrid will he get minutes to find the back of the net? He should go to where he is needed.

    3. Mareas Munsaka says:

      Exactly, the French guys will destroy the team if Zidane is not careful. Benzima is giving a bad and unprofessional counsel to his fellow country men. Zidane if you are able to see this chat then start developing young stars otherwise you will loose your job soon for neglecting the young starts because they’re the future of the team

      1. Adrian Davison says:

        The young Brazilians, in particular, require an improved work ethic and a consistent level of performance befitting the Jersey of the worlds greatest football club.
        Signing for Real Madrid is the start of their opportunities to become great players, pulling on the Jersey and failing to deliver is not acceptable.
        Meantime the old guard persevere.

  2. angel says:

    As I said yesterday, Luca Jovic is needed at some places where he is valuable. You can see what he did yesterday. In case he is still in Madrid, will he get minutes to get the back of the net twice? Zidane’s arrogant in Madrid now is up to the level. He will leave the club if he didn’t change his attitude towards our promising talents.

  3. Nash says:

    Stop accusing Zidane.,
    It’s completely Perez’ fault..!!!!
    He sold CR7 and dismantle a tittle winning team, 2 managers have been sacked in very short spell, Zidane came back and balance the ship..!!!
    Perez should do what Zidane said and not throwing players against Zidane’s wish!!!

    1. Mareas Munsaka says:

      Zidane should be blamed as well for failing to develop young talents like Vinicius. Look at how Vinicius Jr was during Santiago Solari’s tenure at real Madrid and look at the way he is now. Vini was real Madrid’s main man in 2018. For me I say Perez made a mistake to sack Solari so fast. Real Madrid would have been a great team by now, imagine having Reguilon, Hakimi in defense, the current Asensio or Rodrygo and the 2018 Vini Jr. RM would have been untouchable

    2. Birthwell says:

      Zidane is the problem, he still trust old horses too much, look what is going on with Barcelona, by the time you see that old horses are faded the club will be dead

  4. Evans says:

    Zidane is the manager for Real midrid
    Who expected Madrid to win Laliga last season?
    So those who won that titile for us deserve playing time
    How many minutes did Jovic played and what was his contribution?

    1. Kennedy Mudzuli says:

      Totally agree. He used youngsters earlier on and we were struggling. Zidane should be given space to select the team he wants and be judged on results.

  5. Mareas Munsaka says:

    If Zidane continues coaching Real Madrid young players will not develop. Hazard is given playing time and he is failing to prove his ability but young players like Vinicius every time he’s introduced in game the game changes. The problem is that Zidane has hampered his confidence. If we still had Solari as our coach RM was going to be a great team in three years time. But with Zidane don’t expect a bright future with the current team because he has neglected the young players. If Perez wants young stars like Rodrygo, Vini, Odegaard, Kubo, Renier to develop into Superstars then he should consider sacking Zidane.

    1. Joseph Sakala says:

      I agree! RM’s performance is mediocre at best and appalling at worst. Just how in the world did RM let go of Sergio Regullion. That boy out-performed Marcello by far. Half the games RM gets to win are void of tactic, they just won because their opponents give them way too much respect for nothing. What nonsense!!

  6. Huudi Bakanga says:

    The problem with Madrid goes beyond zidane. Am not saying Zidane should not be blamed but he isn’t entirely the cause of our problems. Zidane has his share of the blame but the main problem is the Board. Zidane is literally playing the old guard because he may be sacked if he goes trophyless and the young players like Vinicius, Rodrygo etc can’t win titles at the moment. Madrid is very demanding and impatient. Zidane is doing everything possible to push the team forward.

    1. Pony says:

      You mean Rodrygo?? C’mon who scored those winning goals against Milan to help you progress to the nest round of UCL. In fact Asensio was nineteen when he won madrid the supercup title.
      I think all the kids including Øde should be given enough time to express their talents

  7. Sherman Fortuin says:

    As a Real Madrid fan I just think that upfront we need more pivotal strikers. Zidane should get another number 9 benzema wong be able to lead the team in the near future. And in defense they should play Eder militao more that guy is top quality. Hazard for me is a crucial individual so he needs to play more and we need to be more patient with him.But yes Madrid need more young talent to revive our squad .

  8. Joe Salim sports pundit says:

    Borth the manager and the club president should be blamed

  9. Osman Thomas says:

    As for me am not saying ZZ is not to be blame but my blame is directly going to the person of the that is solario because he is the one who says what happens zidane is doing his best to see the club on a higher pic.
    So guys let stop blaming ZZ. Hmm

  10. Narain Roy says:

    I agree Varane is a bad defender.Benzema needs 20 chances for scoring 1 goal.
    Zidane is frustrating young talent as Vinicius. If he keep doing this Vini will leave Real, just like Brian Diaz ,Kubo.Time to replace his.Every week he change his tactics .His tactical changes are often very poor,

  11. Kennedy Mudzuli says:

    Hands off Zidane. He is doing the best with little resource. Jovic has been useless in Madrid and young players like Vini are useless. Zidane is not an academy coach who should be developing players. Real came from nowhere last season to become champions. Zidane is a genius. Without his tried and tested, Real would be in relegation zone. He should be given space to work and not be constantly made to feel that his job is on the line.

    1. Kush says:

      I totally agree with you

  12. Abdul Kadir says:

    Zidane is the problem to the team.

    Benzema Varane and ferlan mendi are useless

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