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Zinedine Zidane not ruling out potential return to Real Madrid next summer – report

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A surprising report from Mundo Deportivo has emerged, saying that former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is aiming to resume his coaching career from the 2024/25 season with the hope of landing a good job.

Interestingly enough, the publication also mentions that the former France midfielder is not ruling out the possibility of joining Real Madrid once again.

He would be more than happy to return to the Spanish capital if Carlo Ancelotti does not renew his contract.

There are many offers on the table

Zidane is very eager to make a return to coaching after marking nearly three years since he last departed Real Madrid for the second time.

Now, it must be noted that despite his absence from the field, he has actively involved himself in other professional activities.

Back in 2022, he was close to joining Paris Saint-Germain after Mauricio Pochettino had just departed. Additionally, the French national team also seemed like a plausible destination, but Didier Deschamps decided to extend his contract.

It is said that Zidane aspires to coach his national team once, but beyond the international stage, he has explored opportunities with several top European clubs and even entertained the idea of returning to Marseille.

Zidane has said no, but things will change

Zinedine Zidane is planning to return to coaching next season. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Currently, Zidane has declined all these options, but this stance is temporary as he has decided to reengage with the coaching arena.

This re-entry is slated for the 2024-2025 season, during which he aspires to take the leadership at one of the prominent European clubs.

Real Madrid, the club where he attained unparalleled success as a coach with a remarkable collection of 11 trophies across two tenures including three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles, are not excluded from his considerations.

However, everything hinges on what Ancelotti decides. At present, there is nothing concrete.

While the Brazilian association is confident of acquiring him, the manager has denied every news linking with the South American team.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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