Cascarino: Real Madrid are missing Zidane more than Ronaldo

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 13: coach Zinedine Zidane (R) of Real Madrid CF gives instructions to his player Cristiano Ronaldo (L) during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Athletic Club at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 13, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Zinedine Zidane has proven to be a greater loss for Real Madrid this season than even Cristiano Ronaldo, says Tony Cascarino.

The impact of Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus last summer has been one of the biggest talking points for Real’s struggles with the club clearly unable to replace his 50+ goals per season.

Los Blancos are now out of both the Copa del Rey and Champions League with any hopes of a challenge for La Liga slim due to their 12-point deficit from leaders Barcelona.

And following Zidane’s own exit from the dugout last May, Real have turned to former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui and Castilla coach Santiago Solari in the past year.

But both men have been unable to replicate the success Zidane enjoyed during his two and half years in charge with reports now suggesting that the Frenchman has been asked to return for next season.

Therefore, former Chelsea striker Cascarino believes that the 46-year-old is missed even more than Ronaldo.

The Englishman also added that Zidane’s achievements at the Santiago Bernabeu were undermined due to his status and the undisputed quality within the squad.

“The biggest loss to that football club has been Zinedine Zidane as much as people might say, [Cristiano] Ronaldo,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.

“Do you know what? Solari, the coach, didn’t notice and we talked about [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer spotting that he needed to change things for Man United defensively.

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“Solari hadn’t even noticed that Casemiro was literally walking in the game [against Ajax]. I think Zidane has been totally undermined in the game because he’s Zinedine Zidane and he [had] Galacticos, great players and Ronaldo.

“There is an art to getting the best out of players, we’ve seen that with Manchester United.

“It’s a skill to get players to overachieve and I think Zidane has been in some ways undermined because ‘oh he’s at Real Madrid, got great players, just let them play’.

“But there is a lot more to that than him being a three-time Champions League winner.”

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