Zidane on the record: “Messi? Cristiano is better”
The Frenchman tells Record Mexico about his new life in the dugout: “When a team lose it's always the manager's fault. You have to accept that responsibility".Ecuador-Argentina
The Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, sat down with Record Mexico for an interview in which he talked about his decision to become a manager, the endless Cristiano-Messi debate, his playing philosophy and his future with Los Blancos.
Is Messi the greatest player in the world? "Cristiano Ronaldo is the best. People can say what they like about Cristiano Ronaldo, but in his heart he's a good person. Messi is the rival and that rivalry is great for the footballing spectacle, it's what the fans want to see".
The decision to become a manager: “I never thought that I'd be a manager. When your playing career ends all you want to do is spend time with your family. I always liked being on the pitch, it's what I knew how to do. Everything else was foreign to me".
Temptation to name yourself in the team: “Of course I'd love to play but that can't happen. I can't be out there on the pitch. It's a different buzz standing in the dugout. Now the pressure I deal with is different to being a player”.
Do you have a better understanding of your predecessors now?: "Absolutely. Now it's me who deals with all the stress".
How do you prepare for games?: “The main thing is getting my message across to the players. I only give them two or three instructions because they're extremely professional. I have a sensational group of players, I'm delighted with the work they're doing".
Mental strength: “It counts for 80-90%. Being focused is the most important thing there is. I tell my players to focus because they only have ten years of playing time left. Playing for Real Madrid is a dream come true, we're all extremely lucky to be here. We have to be aware of that".
Does the manager really matter?: “Yes. It's always the manager's fault if the team lose. But you have to accept that responsibilty, with all the good and bad that comes with it".