Dani Carvajal insists Zinedine Zidane has never been better prepared for a new season as he bids to turn things around at Real Madrid.
Zidane’s second spell back in charge of Los Blancos has yet to reach the same kind of heights that saw him win three successive Champions League titles during his previous stint.
The Frenchman, in fact, only won five and lost four of his 11 matches back at the Santiago Bernabeu last term. Things haven’t exactly gone smoothly in pre-season either, with Real suffering three defeats and conceding 16 goals in five fixtures.
While the Spanish giants are yet to hit their stride, though, the summer arrivals of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy has given fans hope for the future.
Ideally, Zidane would like to add Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to his ranks as well. Whether a deal materialises is uncertain, with the 47-year-old coming under-fire for Real’s form this summer instead.
But Carvajal and all of his team-mates are backing their boss to become “important again”
“You can see Zidane is very important, as he has been as a player and also during this first stage as manager,” the full-back told SportsMax.
“Now, in this second stage, I hope he will be important again. I think he is more prepared than ever. Yes, it is true that he already has a few gallons of experience that he did not have before.
“I think he will do it very well. He has the respect, the trust of each and every one of us and I think that is the first step to go far.”
The Spain international also downplayed fears over Real’s pre-season form under Zidane and reminded everybody that their La Liga opener at Celta Vigo on August 17 is all that counts.
“[They] are matches to get shape, to get feelings. At the end of the day we have to be ready for that day, August 17th, against Celta, and try to get the three points,” said Carvajal.
“Now I think that the manager is testing many players, he is testing systems, and trying every possibility a bit.
“As I said, we need to get the maximum of guarantees of a victory on the 17th [of August].”
Carvajal added: “At the end of every season, there is a new season, with new challenges [that are] more and more exciting. And you have to think in that way.
“In the end, a football player’s sports career is short, and if you want to mark an era or feel proud tomorrow, you have to reset every summer and try to win everything.”
Zidane’s side will return to action next Wednesday for a friendly against Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.