Real Madrid are keeping the prospect of a change in the dugout open and they have shortlisted a shocking, yet incredible candidate.
Real Madrid have now lost three matches this season, all against opponents who have not been performing well throughout the 2020/21 campaign. Los Blancos fell prey to Cadiz, Shakhtar Donetsk and Valencia, but in a season of mixed results, they have managed to bag the spoils against the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan.
Last week’s defeat at the Mestalla by a 4-1 margin once again mounted pressure onto Zinedine Zidane. Even though the manager took responsibility over his squad collection, the club’s faithful were quick to point out that his emotions get the better of Zidane at times and it was evident on Sunday when Marcelo and Isco, both underperformers, started.
For a legendary figure like Zidane to get sacked, it would take the Whites a lot more than just two league defeats. However, the Frenchman’s resignation has not been ruled out and if results continue to be inconsistent, then he may vacate his role like he did at the end of the 2017/18, just days after winning the Champions League.
Bringing in an in-house replacement in the shape of Raul Gonzalez remains on the cards, but the Merengues are also exploring the prospect of landing Germany coach Joachim Low, according to reports in Spain. The 60-year-old has been head coach of the Deutsche national side for the last 12 years, but his credibility has reduced in the last few years.
In spite of leading his country to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Low has come under pressure lately after failing to impress in the Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup 2018. Of late, the Germany’s results have been poor as well and a change in the dugout at the end of next year’s Euro 2021 is certainly on the cards.
Joachim Low would surely be a great addition to the club. His multidimensional style of play will aid a side like Real Madrid, who, despite possessing some solid players rely more on crosses than a direct approach. Moreover, there needs to be someone who can make bold decisions and the man in question certainly has done so.
Over the last couple of years, he has chosen to phase out the likes of Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller. In spite of his decisions causing controversy, the manager has repeatedly stated that he wishes to give younger players and chance instead of keeping veterans in the team.
With Real Madrid and Zidane, the problem is exactly that. The 48-year-old has been giving an unnecessary amount of prominence to the players who are not as good as some time ago and that’s one major change the club needs. Besides his playing style, Low will bring in some good squad selection and emotionless decision-making too, which will be key to succeeding.