Who’s the boss?



May 25, 2016
Who’s the  boss?

Rookie Zinedine Zidane goes head to head with the accomplished Diego Simeone in the Champions League final. CREDIT: Sourced

Real’s rookie Zidane in awe of Atleti’s Simeone ahead of final.

It’s the rookie coach against the “complete” coach in Saturday’s Champions League final (8.45pm).

Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane has only been in charge of Los Blancos since January.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, meanwhile, has a La Liga title to his name and is heading into his second Euro final in three years.

The former France playmaker, who was promoted from Real’s reserve team to replace Rafa Benitez, steered the side to a runners-up finish in La Liga and Saturday’s final in Milan.

Real have won 21 out of 26 games under Zidane and lost two, scoring 71 goals and conceding 18.

Simeone led Atletico to the brink of a second Spanish title before falling out of the race in the |penultimate week and now has another shot at the big-eared trophy.

And Zidane says he has lots to learn to get to Simeone’s level.

He says: “He has everything that a coach needs but above all, he knows his team and his players well, which is the most important thing.

“I have a lot to learn but my enthusiasm to learn is tremendous. This will make me improve. I still have |a long journey to be an important coach.”

Saturday cannot come soon enough for Zidane, who could become the seventh man to win the European Cup as a player and a coach.

His spectacular volley in the final in Glasgow in 2002 gave Real their ninth European title and they claimed a record 10th crown in 2014.

The three-time Ballon d’Or winner says: “I’m excited and happy.

“I am looking forward to the final, to take advantage of this opportunity.

“I know how lucky I am to have the chance to be in a final with this club.”

Zidane was assistant to Real coach Carlo Ancelotti when Los Blancos beat Atletico 4-1 in extra time in the final two years ago today.

“When it comes to finals, I only know what it feels like as a player and as an assistant. I will experience it now as coach with calmness, determination and patience.”

Real failed to beat Atletico in La Liga this season, losing 1-0 at home and drawing 1-1 at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

A fired-up Zidane says: “It’s going to be a difficult match.

“I don’t think holding possession will be good enough. Atletico are a complete team.”

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