Zinedine Zidane: ‘No, I don’t feel like the special one’

Zinedine Zidane has dismissed he has earned the label ‘the Special One’ after winning his eleventh trophy as manager of Real Madrid. The French coach says he was simply lucky to be in charge of Real Madrid and that he feels blessed to be able to work with such a talented group of players. Zidane led Madrid to the club’s 34th La Liga title this season.

“No, no. I don’t feel that. I feel lucky to be here with these players every day,” Zidane told a news conference. “And being in this club, that’s why I feel lucky, and that’s why I enjoy that much every day. Because one day [it] will finish, as it happened already, but this time for real. That’s why I am enjoying and focused on these kinds of things.”

By beating Villarreal, Madrid won their first La Liga title since 2017 and ahead of their final league game Zidane praised his players. “I think every title we get is merit of the team, the players who are involved in that time,” he said. “It doesn’t have to demerit them, especially this one, as it has been very complicated and tough. We have fought until the end. It is time to enjoy the achievement, but for football and for everyone, we have a game [against Leganes].”