PSG manager, Unai Emery feels Zinedine Zidane may be one of the best managers in the World, after leading Madrid to UCL glory in the 2015/16 season.
Zidane replaced Benitez at Real Madrid turning around their form in the process, as they pushed Barcelona to the wire in the race to win La Liga. He also lifted the club’s 11th Champions league trophy.
“With Real Madrid and, in this case, Zidane, two great footballing icons are brought together,” Emery told reporters in a conference call as part of PSG’s participation in the International Champions Cup. “Real Madrid because of their history as a club and Zidane because of the great footballer he was.
“Logically, translating all of that into the role of coach is not easy and the first works of Zidane, with that title in the Champions League, show there is a continuity in his work as coach from what he was as a player.
“He is at a great club in Real Madrid, one of the best clubs in the world, he was one of the best players in the world and possibly, with the work he is carrying out, he may also be one of the best coaches in the world.”
Emery left Sevilla earlier in the summer after winning three successive Europa League crowns with the Andalusian club – and he admits he is looking forward to the challenge of seeking success in the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain.
“For me it’s a challenge and a step in my career after the last few years with Sevilla and having won the Europa League,” he said.
“That gave a dimension to Sevilla, a dimension to the players, a dimension to the coach, with success, but that success has to be confirmed and the opportunity that PSG give me is to be able to grow with a great team towards ambitious heights.”