During a personal interview with the International Champions Cup’s CEO, Zinedine Zidane praised manager Diego Simeone.
The confrontations between Zinedine Zidane and Diego Simeone will resume next week at the International Champions Cup summer tour.
The French manager spoke to the competition’s CEO about the upcoming challenge, he revealed some very interesting takes on his city rival.
We can’t forget that these two actually have a long history playing against each other when they were players.
Serie A was the competition in which they butted heads the most, when ‘Cholo’ played for Lazio and ‘Zizou‘ played for Juventus.
The Frenchman recognized Simeone’s qualities as a defensive midfielder when he was still a pro, but he believes the Argentine is a much better manager than he was a player.
This comes as s surprise because Simeone was actually a fantastic player as well, he won several important titles during his time there but the Frenchman has better memories facing him as players.
In fact, these two also met when they played for the same clubs they are coaching today and ‘Zizou’ has the overwhelming advantage.
‘Cholo’ played at Atletico when the club was still in development, whereas Zidane was part of the Real Madrid ‘Galacticos’.
El próximo viernes hay derbi de pretemporada… y Zidane cree que era más fácil ganarle a Simeone como jugador que como entrenador https://t.co/15cWr1qUhH
— MARCA (@marca) July 19, 2019
“I believe Simeone is better as a manager than as a player,” said Zidane via Marca.
“He was another piece of the puzzle when he was a player, but he is the leader of his project now that he is a manager and he works very well.”
“He is a manager with a great personality, he liked doing things right and beating him is way more complicated now compared to before.”
“Our match against them will be a beautiful game to watch for all the fans. For us as a club, this will be a very important game and we also want to show a good image of the Spanish capital.”
“This is a very important season for us because we have the hope of winning again. Having all the new players from the beginning is very important for us.”
“The pre-season is very important for every player and having all of them with us from day one is key for what we are looking for.”
“Playing against the best clubs is also very important and each of them has its own characteristics.”
“There is a German club, an English club, and another Spanish club in this competition with us.”
“Perhaps winning these matches isn’t that important but preparing for the season is. We will have matches of all shapes and sizes during the pre-season,” he concluded.
Zidane: "Es más difícil ganar a Simeone como entrenador que como jugador"
Para muestra un botón… pic.twitter.com/SCpjC1Logn
— Caballero del honor (@Madrid1976R) July 19, 2019
Zidane’s stance with Paul Pogba’s arrival.
Although he still remains coy on what will happen with Paul Pogba, Zinedine Zidane won’t give up on his wish to sign the Frenchman.
President Florentino Perez asked him to reconsider his position on this matter, but Zidane wants to wait a little longer for the possible sales that the club is making before August 8.
The transfer deadline in England will happen on that date, which is still two weeks away and enough time to sell a few more players in order to reach those €200 million that Manchester United is asking for Paul.
Zidane doesn’t guarantee any titles if this midfielder doesn’t come to Real Madrid, he does if Paul becomes a player for Los Blancos before the end of the summer.
The Red Devils are still determined to maintain the player, but they know that Real Madrid could reach those €200 million and there is nothing they can do to prevent that from happening.
Paul’s wishes are well-known at United, they keep trying to get him to stay but their attempts are futile.
The link between Zidane and Pogba is already very strong, both of them are eager to work together and create a connection between player and manager like no other before.
'Es más difícil ganar a Simeone como entrenador que como jugador' 😮
Zidane se abrió respecto a lo que piensa del Cholo Simeone de cara al primer derbi de la temporada a jugarse en Nueva York. 💟🇦🇹#LaMejorInformación en https://t.co/glgx8u3ALX pic.twitter.com/FxwspfRjih
— MedioTiempo (@mediotiempo) July 19, 2019
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