Only ten months after Zinedine Zidane's unexpected resignation, Real Madrid have brought the Frenchman back. Both Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari failed to inspire the team when needed the most, and now, it's up to the Frenchman to rediscover Real Madrid's lost confidence.
The three-time Champions League winning manager kicks off his second spell as Real Madrid manager with an exciting match against Celta Vigo on Saturday. And here, we look at three things Zidane must do to get the struggling Whites back on track.
3. Identify and Remove
Real Madrid have one of the best squads in the world, but there are some players who don't seem up for the reform the club is about to receive. A host of young players have emerged, and they look determined to lead the club forward.
Over the next 11 games, Zidane needs to pick out the players who don't fit the bill and bring in appropriate replacements. Thanks to their sub-par relationship with Zidane, Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale will be under the microscope over the next months and must make sure to bring something irreplaceable to the table.
2. Isco and Marcelo Conundrum
During Zinedine Zidane's previous spell, Isco and Marcelo were two of the first names on the team sheet. Under Solari, both the stars weren't allowed to play as much they deserved to, which, in turn, stopped them from improving their match fitness and form.
Madrid's midfield has struggled since the start of the season. The players still have an abundance of quality, but they haven't been that consistent. Adding Isco will make the midfield more creative, but Zidane must also push the Spaniard to work on his decision-making.
Marcelo's fitness and form haven't let him be a regular this season, but knowing how effective he is at the other end of the pitch, Zidane would be wise to take special care to improve the left-back's physicality.
1. An Underperforming Forward Line
Cristiano Ronaldo's departure was always going to make things difficult, but Real Madrid should have coped a lot better than they have. Karim Benzema hasn't really been that disappointing, but he hasn't received the support he required to bridge the gap.
Zidane must explore avenues that help the club in the final third. The lack of aggression in the opposition box has been hurting the club this season, and Zidane needs to find a way to change that.
Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez, and Vinicius Jr all must learn to be a little more adventurous with the ball, and there's no one better to guide them than the man in charge.