Real legend praises Zidane’s man-management

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Former Real Madrid sporting director Predrag Mijatovic has praised coach Zinedine Zidane for the way he has handled the team's superstars.

Mijatovic emphasised the difficulty of managing big star players who are all determined to play every game, and believes Zidane has done an exceptional job dealing with those egos.

"It's very difficult to coach a club like Real," Mijatovic told L'Equipe

"OK, you have a great team, but everyone wants to play. To handle that, to get everyone pulling in the same direction, it's a real challenge.

"Zidane arrived when the team was going through a difficult period. The squad was struggling. He lifted their heads and won the Champions League.

"We know his qualities: he knows how to handle the squad, especially the stars. I see above all a man who wants to learn.

"In each match, he makes choices. There are situations in which you have to improvise, react and he does that very well: By using players in positions that aren't their own to deal with an injury or a change in the system in relation to the opponent.

"Against Atletico, he made different changes to the ones everyone expected. He knows what he wants, he follows his own path and he's gaining in confidence. He takes decisions and that's what makes a great coach."