Thursday May 31 2018
Capello: ‘Zidane was right’

Fabio Capello believes Zinedine Zidane was right to step down as Real Madrid Coach - “without the third Champions League he’d have been sacked”.

The Italian if familiar with the culture at the Bernabeu, having led them to the title in two separate spells on the bench.

Today Zizou shocked the football word by stepping down from the job, but the 71-year-old thinks he made the right choice.

“Without the third Champions League he’d have been sacked by [President] Florentino [Perez],” Capello told Sky.

“There was a lot of polemic and Perez wants to be the Coach. When he wins he’s happy, if he doesn’t win he blames someone else. I was sacked the same way.

“I don’t think Zizou has another job lined up because there aren’t any free clubs, I think after winning so much he wanted to show Florentino that he didn’t have to coach, and he could decide for himself what he wants to do.

“Now he’ll have to prove he can win elsewhere too, but he was one of the greatest Coaches in Real Madrid history.

“His replacement? I’d say Guti, another internal choice after Zidane. Otherwise there’s only [Antonio] Conte or maybe [Maurizio] Sarri.”

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