If Real Madrid sack Zinedine Zidane, who could replace him?

The Frenchman may have led Real Madrid to successive Champions League titles, but his job is now under increased scrutiny. The fair-weather attitude and performance of the players right now have led fans to question whether those successes were a fluke or not.

Los Blancos are currently 8 points behind league leaders Barcelona and the title race looks set to be over before Christmas. In the Champions League, the European Champions are also coming off a humiliating defeat at the hands of Tottenham at Wembley.

The defeat has left Florentino Perez re-considering Zidane’s tenure at the club.

Here are 5 replacements for Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.  

#5 Thomas Tuchel


The German may not have had the best time at Dortmund, but it’s fair to say he laid down the foundations for the current success the team are enjoying. Under Peter Bosz, Dortmund have re-found their competitive spark from a few years ago. But that competitiveness was first instilled into them by Tuchel, who bred several world class youngsters in his 1-year tenure.

Thomas Tuchel is a manager that plays a high-octane brand of football which focuses on gegenpressing, midfield domination and an offside trap. With a midfield of Luka Modric & Toni Kroos, Tuchel’s build-up play would be beyond exceptional. At Real Madrid, he could revitalise a stale Los Blancos team that now only creates chances through crosses from the full-backs.

The German may not have had that much experience as a manager, but his philosophies represent that of a world-class coach.

#4 Massimiliano Allegri


Allegri has finished as runner-up in the Champions League twice

The 4-time Serie A winner is one of the best Italian managers we’ve ever seen. At Juventus, he has taken the concept of domination to new heights. He’s implemented a brand of football at the Turin that’s allowed the Zebre to win three successive Serie A titles. Juventus not only play attacking football, they continuously suffocate their opponents of time on the ball.

The 50-year-old is a man that seeks to dominate on the pitch, whilst also entertaining the fans. He’s placed that added pressure on himself so the demands of being in a high-profile job don’t faze him. And that plays into his favour as Real Madrid is the most high-profile of jobs, so the Italian would be at home at the Bernabéu.

#3 Antonio Conte


CONTEDespite winning the Premier League last season, Antonio Conte is under severe amounts of pressure at Stamford Bridge. Being employed by an owner that’s notorious for sacking managers has only heaped more pressure on the Italian. Chelsea have looked a shell of their selves from last season, they look defensively inept, toothless in attack and their cohesion is non-existent.

However, this blip doesn’t define the Italian as Antonio Conte has proven how successful he truly is in the past. The 48-year-old has seven major honours in his career and with the infrastructure present at Real Madrid, he could double that total within three years.

Antonio Conte demands 100% effort from his players, commanding they heed to every one of his tactical instructions. This organisation is needed at the Bernabéu as the likes of Sergio Ramos & Co. have completely lost their discipline in defence.

#2 Mauricio Pochettino


Mauricio Pochettino has won 89 games in charge of Tottenham.

The Tottenham boss may not have won a major honour at White Hart Lane, but he’s still literally the name on everyone’s lips today. His Tottenham team have taken the Premier League by storm in the past few seasons and gradually grown into an elite level team. Their 3-0 demolishing of Zidane’s Galacticos on Wednesday was the biggest indicator of how far they’ve come since being taken over by Mauricio Pochettino.

The fact that Pochettino moulded a bunch of young players he bred into a team capable of beating the European Champions is remarkable. Not only did they thrash Real Madrid, they dominated them over two games, including the match at the Bernabéu. These two games were basically an audition for the Argentine and he’s passed with flying colours. He’s proved that he’s ready to move to the next level and it doesn’t get much bigger than a job under Florentino Perez.

#1 Carlo Ancelotti


Carlo Ancelotti has won the Champions League on three occasions

The former Bayern Munich manager is undoubtedly one of the most successful managers to ever enter the game. The Italian has won 19 major honours in his career over his 8 managerial reigns. His most notable time was in Spain, in his 693 days as Real Madrid manager, Ancelotti won 89 of his 119 games, equating to a 74%-win ratio. He’s one of the most successful managers in the club’s history and the time has come for him to return.

When Carlo Ancelotti was Real manager, Zinedine Zidane was his assistant. Now it’s time for the Apprentice to surrender to his Master and let him assume his rightful position. Carlo Ancelotti is a man that commands respect, meaning the Galacticos of the Real dressing room would instantly heed to his authority. He’s not afraid of taking on big-name players, something Zinedine Zidane may be failing at as of now.

About the Author Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with a soft spot for Pascal Cygan.

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