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Zidane: “I feel I am a better coach than before”

The French coach spoke to the media ahead of Sunday’s Final against Atletico de Madrid.

Supercopa de Espana Final - Press Conference Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane talked to the press and discussed Sunday’s Madrid Derby in the 2020 Spanish Supercup Final. Zidane refused to reveal the system he will use for this game after deploying a five-man midfield against Valencia.

“I won’t tell you how we’re going to play, but the system is not the important thing, what we do when we have the ball is way more important. We have good things as a team and that’s all that matters,” said the coach.

All hope was lost for Real Madrid when Zidane decided to return to the Spanish capital. Almost a year after his decision, the club has shown encouraging signs of progress and development.

“There’s no secret formula, if we lose two straight games then the same will happen. I believe in this squad but we have to prove it, we’re working a lot and we’re doing a good job, but we have to prove it every game. Eight months passed since I left until my return. These players won a lot, I believe in work and patience,” explained the coach.

Zidane also believes he has improved as a manager since his first seasons in Madrid.

“I feel I am a better coach, I’m developing. That’s life. We learn from the different experiences, from the people around you. I listen to everybody and that makes me a better coach and a better person,” he said.

Sunday’s match will be another meeting between familiar foes, but Zidane said that every match is different.

“Every game is a different story, we’ve beaten Atletico and we’ve also been beaten. It won’t be the same game, they’re a strong team and they always prove it,” concluded Zidane.

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