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Thursday 14. March 2019 - 12:53

What Zinedine Zidane told Real Madrid squad in first training session after return

Zinedine Zidane promised his Real Madrid players they all start with a clean slate as he took charge of his first training session since returning to the club.

The Frenchman was unveiled on Monday, replacing Santiago Solari after the side’s embarrassing Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax, and arrived at Valdebebas with his assistants on Wednesday morning.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, before taking training, he brought each squad member into his office for one-on-one chats to explain his plans for them.

He then gathered the squad together on the training pitch and impressed on his players that, irrespective of their recent sturggles, they will all get a fair shot to prove themselves.

"Forget about the past," it is claimed Zidane said. "We start from scratch, everyone, no matter what the situation was before."

The Frenchman was also keen to stress the importance of the final months of the seasons, despite no silverware being achievable, and believes it will serve them well in the future.

El Pais also report that the players enjoyed their first session back under Zidane, saying it felt just like when he first arrived to replace Rafa Benitez in 2016.

Zidane has not altered his methods at all, conducting the same drills that the players enjoyed before: simple, fun exercises without much strategic or tactical load to worry about.

The squad were in high spirits and a more optimistic mood has already been created, with the players happy that Zidane has returned and now has more power to shape the squad how he sees fit.

Provided by: Frank Henriksen
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