Makélélé hails Los Blancos’ manager

The Former Real Madrid midfielder has praised Zidane’s impact at the Bernabéu.

Claude Makélélé has admitted that his former team-mate Zinedine Zidane is doing a brilliant job as a head coach of Los Blancos.

Zidane recently confirmed that he will stay at the managerial position until 2020 following a highly successful period of 18 months in Real Madrid as a coach, winning back-to-back Champions League titles and one La Liga.

“Everybody says [his achievements] are crazy. No, he is a good manager!” Makélélé told Goal.

“He understands football, he understands the players. He puts himself at the same level as them.

“He tells them that I can’t teach you [to be like me], just tactically you need to do this, do this, do this. And, of course, the players understand him.

“Also he gives Ronaldo the freedom to play. He says you have quality; just tactically, Zinedine cleans up some things.

“Sometimes you don’t get the result but that’s normal. Football is not just winning all the time. The players give him everything, nobody is thinking about himself.

“It is not easy [to manage Real Madrid] but it is home for him. It is leadership.”