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REAL MADRID – THE MANAGER-EATING MACHINE

Real Madrid, Zidane, Rafa, Ancelotti, Mourinho, Perez
The Santiago Bernabeu under Florentino Perez has been nothing short of a manager-eating machine.

Who would’ve thought that Carlo Ancelotti who had delivered an unprecedented La Decima (10th Champions League Title) & a Copa Del Rey would be fired barely 12 months later, for failing to win the La Liga.

Florentino Perez’s reign at Real Madrid had seen 6 managers in his first tenure as Real Madrid President from 2000 to 2006. The football world was shocked when Perez sacked the legendary Vicente Del Bosque after winning 2 European Crowns in less than 4 years, coming immediately after lifting the 2002-03 La Liga.

In his current tenure as President at the Bernebeu since 2009, the Madrid side has seen another 4 managers come and go – with the inexperienced club hero Zinedine Zidane thrust with the hardest job in the world.

Following Saturday’s derby defeat to Atletico Madrid at home, the pressure is on Zizou now more than ever in his short reign as manager of the world’s greatest club. The dressing room seems to have collapsed behind him including star marksman Cristiano Ronaldo, who shockingly claimed:

“If all my team-mates were at my level, we might be first.” As he fiercely defended his own form amid criticism that he fails to deliver in crunch contests.

The fact that Real haven’t beaten any top-four team in La Liga this season is proof that Ronaldo hasn’t been as effective as he was last season, even though he may be scoring a similar amount of goals – coming against far less fancied opposition. Ronaldo’s rant has forced his manager to go into damage control.

Real Madrid’s defeat is basically confirming what most football pundits knew from the beginning – that Zidane was not ready to take this job. The most infuriating thing about him getting the job is the lack of respect for the process it takes you to become a manager of Real Madrid, as if anybody could do it – at that a rookie club legend. So the big question remains, will the Madrid icon last till the beginning of the next season, as Real Madrid sit a distant 3rd on the League table.

 

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