On Monday, Real Madrid announced that Zinedine Zidane would be immediately returning to manage Real Madrid, ending the short managerial stint of Santiago Solari.
The change comes just days after Real Madrid were bounced from the Champions League in the Round of 16. This was not the only negative result that caused the change, but instead one of many shortcomings in Madrid’s season. On top of the early UCL departure, Madrid was also beaten by their hated rivals, Barcelona, in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals. Los Blancos have failed to get a result in a fixture against Barcelona in their last five matches, going 0-2-1 in their three encounters since Zidane’s departure at the end of last season.
The struggles don’t stop there. Real Madrid has failed to string together enough wins in La Liga to compete for a league title. Madrid is 12 points behind Barcelona in the league, with no hints of a Barca slip-up in sight. With the league out of the picture, Madrid is destined to end this season without a trophy. With no Champions League, no Copa Del Rey, and no La Liga title, Madrid fans will feel disappointed, especially considering Real Madrid was bounced from contention as early as March.
With all competitions seemingly over for Madrid this season, the appointment of Zidane was completed with the future of Madrid in mind. Zidane managed 149 matches in his first stint with Madrid, going 105-28-16. His past success, along with his famous image, played a big part in his re-appointment. With such a disappointing season for Los Blancos, summer transfers are incoming this summer. It’s been reported that Zidane has already named his top transfer targets, with that list including the names of Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard, Neymar, and Sadio Mane, among others. Expect the rumors to heat up as the Summer nears, as Zidane looks to turn things around in Madrid.