Why Real Madrid should start a rebuild without Zinedine Zidane in charge

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, Florentino Perez (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, Florentino Perez (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) /

According to Carlos Carpio of MARCA,  the priority at Real Madrid is to rebuild the squad over the summer by signing new players whether or not Zinedine Zidane chooses to remain as the manager or not.

In my opinion, Real are heading in the right direction by focusing on rebuilding the squad rather than on Zinedine Zidane’s continuity. The Frenchman has performed admirably by all standards since taking over in 2018/19, but a change is needed for Los Blancos to succeed.

The change is required on all fronts. There have to be new signings made this summer, especially the signing of Kylian Mbappe to support Karim Benzema upfront in the goal-scoring department.

Meanwhile, the club also has to focus on reducing the average age of the squad by making use of the immense young talent in the likes of Martin Odegaard, Brahim Diaz, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Antonio Blanco, Miguel Gutierez, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo Goes.

Last but not the least, Los Blancos also require a new manager in charge for next season. In my opinion, if Florentino Perez and the board are going to spend so much money over the summer to rebuild this team then a new manager needs to come and help set an identity.

Real Madrid need more attacking invention from their manager

Under Zinedine Zidane in his second tenure, Real Madrid have played like an open book. Every La Liga team knows exactly what Real do, which is overload the wings, rotate the ball from flank to flank, and cross the ball on numerous occasions until Karim Benzema or Casemiro somehow finds the back of the net. This is the primary reason why Madrid have failed to win games against weaker oppositions who just play a low-block. Instead of playing through the middle or coming up with something creative, it’s always the same mundane and monotonous routine of crossing from the flanks.

It is true that our forwards have underperformed for the past couple of seasons but Zidane’s tactical set-up has been completely built around Benzema. This season itself, the French forward has 23 league goals, which are then followed by Casemiro with six goals as the second top scorer for the club in La Liga. Pretty evident that we simply rely on someone that can meet a cross and slot it home.

Real Madrid need a new manager who can install a new system. A new way to attack, defend, retain possession, distribute the ball. Everything needs to be changed right from scratch to rebuild this side as the team clearly lacks an identity under Zizou.

Some of his decisions have also been awful. He decides to sign Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt and then absolutely freezes him out on the bench. Brings back Martin Odegaard from loan and does the same. Meanwhile, Eden Hazard, who is yet to deliver a worthy performance, starts on the biggest of games despite returning from injuries.

In no manner am I trying to take away the fact that Zinedine Zidane has done an incredible job this season and last year. However, the 48-year-old himself knows that Real can be a better side without him, and change is always a positive thing.

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If Real Madrid are planning on a revamp then Zidane should not be the man in charge. Whoever comes in next season, be it Raul or Allegri, either manager should have the full authority over transfers, departures, loans, and renewals, then only can we see an improved team in the 2021/22 campaign.