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Sunday 17. January 2016 - 12:50

Zinedine Zidane can guide Real Madrid to Champions League success, according to Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello believes Zinedine Zidane has the charisma and knowledge to guide Real Madrid to Champions League glory.

Zidane is considered a legend at the Santiago Bernabeu and that, according to the former Real and England manager, is one of the reasons the Frenchman could achieve highly as manager.

Zidane was promoted to his new position in early January following the sacking of Rafael Benitez.

"He did very well with the Castilla, but he has the charisma to lead the Madrid to the top of the table and above all to win the Champions League," Capello told Sky Italia.

"When the tenth [Champions League title] arrived, Zidane worked with [Carlo] Ancelotti, who was a great teacher for him."

"Carlo is one of the best in the world and [ Zidane] learned a lot, like how to manage well known players like Cristiano [ Ronaldo] and [Karim] Benzema and make them always feel the focus of the project."

Capello believes Zidane will be respected by his players at Real because of the success he enjoyed as a player.

The 43-year-old won the World Cup with France in 1998 and the Champions League with the Spanish club in 2002. 

"With Benitez, the team had no confidence," Capello said.

"He introduced things abruptly and it was not accepted by the staff, especially because he was not a great player."

Zidane's first Champions League game in charge of Real will be the first leg of their last 16 match in February in Italy.

Provided by: Frank Henriksen
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