After enjoying extraordinary success in 2017, with an unprecedented haul of five trophies, Zinedine Zidane begins his third year in charge of Real Madrid with a trip to second-tier Numancia in the Copa del Rey today.
The match will mark the second anniversary of Zidane’s appointment as Madrid coach as the successor to the sacked Rafael Benitez. The Frenchman has since gone on to win eight out of a possible 10 trophies from just 116 games in charge, a remarkable tally for someone who had never previously coached at the top level.
“Your appetite comes from eating. We are never tired of winning,” Zidane said at a press conference yesterday.
“Perhaps it does wear you down a bit. Certainly, when you are at such a high, the only way to go is down a bit before you can then climb back up again.”
After last season’s Champions League and La Liga double triumph, Real have already won three trophies this season.
They followed their victories in the European and Spanish Super Cups at the start of the campaign by winning the Club World Cup in December to make it a record five trophies for the year.
However, the year ended with a 3-0 home defeat to Barcelona in…