Zinedine Zidane and the inevitable rebuilding of Real Madrid
As the dust settles down with the climax of a season that every Real Madrid faithful would want to get over with, the unfathomable figure of Zinedine Zidane has once again taken on the wheel to steer the wayward ship of Real Madrid to familiar seas.
An immaculate spell ended rather prematurely for Zidane when he decided to vote with his feet under strange circumstances at the end of last season after a trophy-laden two and a half years which included three Champions League titles and the much sought after La Liga trophy.
But the undoubted persistence of club president Florentino Perez and Zidane's immense love for the club has led him to come out of his sabbatical and take the hot seat at the capital club once again.
His task looks fair and simple on paper and that is to return the club to its former glory days which in reality is a Herculean task considering how disastrous this season has been. The hole left by certain Ronaldo is yet to be fixed along with the state of the whole squad which has been in disarray for the entirety of the season and is in need of a serious overhaul.
Zidane only took the leverage to return on one condition; to have the full control of the transfers and squad management. A string of dreadful performances - the latest one coming against relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano - has left Zidane with some tough decisions to make.
On the other hand, Madrid's archrivals Barcelona have already claimed their 8th La Liga title in last 11 years and are still competing for Copa del Rey and the coveted Champions League.
They sure are catching up.
To add insult to the injury Madrid have lost three of the four fixtures played between the two sides this season, further exemplifying the mess that is in Madrid.
But in the havoc of the season, there have been a few bright spots as well. Budding stars such as Vinicius, Reguilon, Llorente, and Brahim have stood out and been the epitomes of true grit lacking in other much high profile members of the squad.
A rebuild is expected as stated by Zizou himself in his recent press conferences but replacing stars with other stars does not guarantee instant success. It will be a tough task alone to aquire world class players without breaking the bank in the current transfer market.
Since the turn of the century, no manager has survived for more than 3 seasons leading the whites. It's certain that Zidane will surpass this norm in the next season but at the same time, it is hard to speculate what will come after.