Luka Modric is the latest midfielder to come out in support of manager Zinedine Zidane, who has been appointed as a replacement for Rafa Benitez.
The Spaniard lasted less than seven months in charge of the job, which is deemed as one of the most political in the world. Right from the start, Benitez did not seem to have the confidence and faith of the entire squad. Apart from a couple of players like Gareth Bale, the former Liverpool manager struggled to command respect. This meant that he was going to be out of the job at the slightest disappointment in results.
It did not take long for the disappointments to arrive. He was quickly out of the job only to be replaced by Zidane, who has been groomed for this role even when Carlo Ancelotti was the boss. The Real Madrid legend may have walked into a job with little managerial experience, but he appears to have the respect of the entire team without any doubt. Zidane started his managerial career with a 5-0 win over Deportivo la Coruna. The opposition may have been winless in the last three matches, but it was a crucial win for the team. Modric was one of the starters in the match and he expressed his full support for the new boss.
“I am sorry for Rafa and I would like to thank him for his work, but being honest and seeing today’s game I think that the change has been positive.When you lose there is always someone who has to pay. You just have to compare this match with the previous ones. The team’s attitude was different and hopefully we can continue in the same way. We played a lot more rapidly and we functioned as a team in the way was always should function,” said Modric.