Real Madrid’s newly appointed coach Zinedine Zidane, center, kicks a ball during his first training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. Real Madrid fired coach Rafael Benitez Monday after seven months and replaced him with former player Zinedine Zidane a day after Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Valencia deepened a crisis that started with an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to rival Barcelona in November. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Zidane will be in charge of his first game for the football club on Saturday against Deportivo La Coruna at the Santiago Bernebeu.
Meanwhile, Zidane, who was appointed on a two-and-half-year deal, has promised the fans “beautiful football”. Speaking during his first news conference, Zidane said: “Good football is always very important at Madrid – to play beautiful football – and I will continue with that line.”
“It has to be offensive, balanced and nothing else. We’re going to work hard to be the best we can – that is the message. I have seen a focused team who are happy and switched on. We’re all happy. I want to play, as we can, from the back and to play in opposition half and have possession of the ball. That is my idea of football.
“I want to communicate this as a coach and make sure that the players enjoy themselves on the pitch, as they did for sure with Rafa Benitez. I want to take this opportunity I have at the best club in the world. I just want to win trophies with this team.”