Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane “i have learned a lot” from Pep Guardiola
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he has “learned a lot” from Pep Guardiola, and reiterated his belief that the Manchester City manager is the “best” in the world.
Zidane and Guardiola secured legendary status as players at Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, before going on to become managers of the Spanish giants, but the pair will meet for the first time as coaches when Real host City in the first leg of their round-of-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday.
Guardiola spent three seasons in charge at Bayern Munich, during which Zidane, who had yet to begin his managerial career, visited Germany to observe the Catalan in action.
He always proved that,” Zidane said. “First with Barcelona, then with Munich, now with Man City. That’s my opinion. Some people can think other coaches are better but for me, he is the best.”
“I’ve mentioned before that I’ve spent a few days with him when he was at Bayern, talking about training, how to manage a team, and he was quite honest, quite open, and I learned a lot talking with him.”
Obviously we are inspired by what he’s done. That motivates us even more. We’re not afraid of playing against Guardiola or his teams.