Former Real Madrid defender: Zidane already a great coach

The calming aura that the Frenchman brings to Real Madrid has resulted in tremendous squad harmony, despite some incredibly talented players being stuck on the bench for most of the season.

Madrid sports daily reported on Saturday that Zidane is set to be handed a contract extension to 2020 as a reward for his spectacular success since taking charge in January past year.

Meanwhile forward Gareth Bale remains injured and as he watches from the sidelines the Welshman will possibly reflect on how his injury has coincided with Zidane finding a new formation which has allowed his side to enjoy more midfield control over their rivals.

Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? But he's not even training with us. "I don't know when he'll be back but I hope it will be soon".

Another player who will not feature at Santiago Bernabeu this weekend is Pepe.

Sampaoli is expected to leave the club at the end of the season to take up the vacant Argentina job.

"The first 20 minutes of this magic night at the Calderon will be remembered forever", the Atletico coach said.

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"He's been here for ten years and done fantastic things".

With their win in the reverse fixture (2-1), Sevilla ended with the longest unbeaten run by a La Liga side in all competitions, recorded by Real Madrid (40 games). "It's always hard because they have great players, not just [Francesco] Totti who I hope to be healthy so I'm near him".

Since retiring, Zidane has begun building a similar reputation in his managerial career, starting in 2014 by managing Real Madrid's B team in the Spanish third tier before taking over as the first team coach last January and going on to win the Champions league in his first season in top-level management.

Until now we've been phenomenal.

This is not our ceiling, we are in one of the great moments of our history.

"The matches are hard". The one in Seville because they are always high up in the table and are a very good team.

"Celta and Malaga are also doing well. But we are only thinking about tomorrow".

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