Zidane has made a sensational return as coach of Real Madrid after Santiago Solari’s sacking was finally confirmed on Monday.
Zidane has been given a contract until 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to an historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.
Solari’s dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats- to Barcelona, twice, and Ajax- deemed Madrid’s season all-but over before the middle of March, but Zidane coming back, with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, is a surprise, particular after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.
Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and Loyalty he has always shown to his club.
Gareth Bale was one of the few to suffer during Zidane’s previous spell in charge, with the pair barely on speaking terms in the run-up to the Champions League final. Bale’s future now appears in serious doubt unless their relationship can be quickly repaired.
But familiar problems, including a lack of goals and a leaky defence, resurfaced in February as a defeat at home to Girona was quickly followed by losses to Barcelona in the League and the cup.