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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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The premise of football is the ability to incorporate a melting pot if backgrounds into one cohesive unit capable of operating at an optimum level for the majority of 90 minutes. 

Experience in management is not a prerequisite to achieve the aforementioned objective and Zinedine Zidane has proved that in his first full season in one of the most pressurised management jobs in football, the chief of Real Madrid. 

Zidane led the Galactico's to the La Liga title overcoming the challenge of FC Barcelona who encompassed three of the world's best attacking players in Lionel Messi, Neymar Junior and Luis Suarez. They added a 12th Champions League triumph by swatting aside a complete Juventus team who heralded the best defensive three in modern football. 

The key to Zidane's success was his ability to demand the respect of his players. He's been there and done that in every aspect of the beautiful game therefore he didn't have to earn the respect of his players. He expertly tranformed Ronaldo from a flamboyant midfielder into a clinical goalscorer because he had to modify his own game as he entered the twilight of his career. Finally, he instilled a mindset which runs deeply through every echelon of Real Madrid, the mentality of success only.

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The modern manager is only elite if they were an elite player. The reason is because the players of today have taken over as the priority of every football club. Respect cannot be earned through strict dicipline anymore but is rather given through historical action on the pitch. 

Waiting to Splash the Cash

Waiting to Splash the Cash

RIP Cheick

RIP Cheick