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Zinedine Zidane may replace Pochettino’s position at PSG?

According to sources from Fichajes, PSG put Zinedine Zidane on their shortlist of 3 candidates to replace current manager Pochettino. Comparing to the other names Antonio Conte and Joachim Low, Zidane is Les Parisiens’ prior choice.
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PSG want Zidane to replace Pochettino

After the shock loss against Rennes the previous weekend, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino’s position became more uncertain than ever. It has been rumored that the Argentine strategist would soon be fired and Zinedine Zidane could be the next man to sit in the dugout at the Parc des Princes.

 

According to Footheball, the former Real Madrid manager was targeted to replace Pochettino. On the other hand, the Argentine would leave France to return to his old club Tottenham Hotspur. 

 

Antonio Cassano shared his opinion about Pochettino on Twitch’s Bobo TV: "He's a great guy but as a coach... They don't do a minute of tactical work, and the players are repeatedly asking for it. He even asks the players' advice on how to play.” The former Real Madrid continued: "I could barely believe what I heard. He's never coached champions before and he's having a hard time. From what I've heard, he won't be there much longer if he continues along these lines. Keep an eye out for Zizou."

Zinedine Zidane led Real Madrid to successes in his period

 

PSG need a head coach with winning qualities and the ability to manage the locker room. Zidane is definitely the best choice for these criteria. Moreover, if Zidane comes to The Parisians, the club can also have more chances to convince striker Kylian Mbappe to change his decision and stay at the Parc des Princes. The reason is that Zidane is a brilliant manager and he is also Mbappe’s idol. 

 

Juventus and France are 2 jobs that the former Real Madrid manager has constantly been linked with since he left Santiago Bernabéu. Then now, Paris Saint-Germain can also be his next destination in case Pochettino is sacked.  The French manager was rumored to leave Real Madrid after the 2020-21 season because he wanted to replace Didier Deschamps as the next manager of the France national team. However, every decision can completely be changed at the last minute. 

Zidane coached BBC

 

In the past, Real Madrid had their legend BBC trident of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, and Cristiano Ronaldo under Zidane. Now, PSG have their Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Lionel Messi, who Pochettino hasn’t been able to manage effectively.  If managing and leading superstars are what PSG need, then choosing Zinedine Zidane is the perfect decision. To Zidane’s aspect, he can continue managing the best players in the world and reaching the Champions League dream once more time. 

Things you need to know about Zinedine Zidane

1. Who is Zinedine Zidane?

  • Zidane full name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane
  • Zinedine Zidane age: 49 (DoB: 23 June 1972) 
  • Zinedine Zidane PoB: Marseille, France
  • Zinedine Zidane height: 6 ft 1 in
  • Zinedine Zidane positions: former Attacking midfielder 
  • Zinedine Zidane teams coached: Real Madrid Castilla and Real Madrid 
  • Zinedine Zidane net worth:  €23million
  • Zinedine Zidane wife: Véronique Zidane

 

Zidane is popularly called Zizou. He is a French former professional football player who served as an attacking midfielder. He also coached Real Madrid teams from 2014 to summer 2021. 

 

Zinedine Zidane is one of the best players of all time

 

As a player, Zidane is known as one of the greatest players of all time. He was an elite playmaker with his wonderful elegance, vision, passing, ball control, and technique. He was even rewarded Ballon d'Or in 1998.

As a head coach, he is also appraised as one of the most successful managers in the world with breathtaking achievements he created with Real Madrid. 

 

Zidane is a successful manager

2. Zinedine Zidane’s Career

Career

Season

Club/Team

Appearances

Goals

Youth career

1981–1982

AS Foresta

   

1982–1983

US Saint-Henri

   

1983–1986

SO Septèmes-les-Vallons

   

1986–1989

Cannes

   
       

Senior Career

1989–1992

Cannes

61

6

1992–1996

Bordeaux

139

28

1996–2001

Juventus

151

24

2001–2006

Real Madrid

155

37

       

National team

1988–1989

France U17

4

1

1989–1990

France U18

6

0

1990–1994

France U21

20

3

1994–2006

France

108

31

       

Management Career

2014–2016

Real Madrid Castilla

   

2016–2018

Real Madrid

   

2016–2018

Real Madrid

   
       

3. Zinedine Zidane’s Best Honours as a Manager

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 2016–17, 2019–20 seasons
  • Supercopa de España: 2017, 2019–20 seasons
  • UEFA Champions League: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18 seasons
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2016, 2017 seasons
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2016, 2017 seasons 

 

Individual

  • La Liga Manager of the Month: Apr 2016, May 2017
  • UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2015–16
  • IFFHS World's Best Club Coach – 2nd (2016)
  • The Best FIFA Football Coach (2017); 2nd (2016, 2018)
  • France Football French Manager of the Year: 2016, 2017 seasons
  • Le Buteur Coach of the Year: 2016 season
  • Onze d'Or Coach of the Year: 2016–17, 2017–18 seasons
  • 2017 ESPN Manager of the Year
  • 2017 IFFHS Men's World Team
  • IFFHS World's Best Club Coach: 2017, 2018 seasons
  • 2017 Globe Soccer Awards of Best Coach of the Year
  • L'Equipe's Best Club Coach: 2020
  • FourFourTwo's 36th Greatest Manager of All Time in 2020
  • Globe Soccer Awards Coach of the Century 2001–2020 (2nd)
  • IFFHS's 38th All-Time World's Best Coach in 2021

Reference Sources

  • Wikipedia
  • Marca.com
Harry Siuu
Written by: Harry Siuu
a specialized football specialist with over ten years' experience as a football journalist who works for Betimate.com.

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