◼️ The Real Madrid coach, who was able to play in Inter or Milan, will face the team with which he shone once in Italy.

Zinedine Zidane returns to Turin as coach of Real Madrid to face Juventus. His two sports houses far from France face to face. A duel that has already lived from both sides. A story that could have been different if the Marseille coach had accepted some of the proposals of Inter or Milan in 1996, in his last year at the Girondins de Bordeaux.

The fame of Zidane in the Girondins didn’t stop growing in the Old Continent, echoing in Italy, the best European market at that time. Inter went to work through the Galician Luis Suarez and Milan was also launched, even more so when they were eliminated in the UEFA Cup by the Bordeaux team with Zidane in command of the Gala ship.

They weren’t the only ones, the Barcelona of Cruyff had almost tied ‘Zizou’, but the march of the tulip of the dressing room of the Camp Nou vanished such a possibility. The conversations between Zidane and Inter never crystallized, as with Milan, just the opposite as with the ‘Vecchia Signora’, determined to take it to Turin and turn it into a new Michel Platini.

Especially Gianni Agnelli, skipper of the team at the time, who even had to convince coach Lippi that Zidane was the cornerstone of a future project.

The mastery of Lippi and the talent of Zidane did the rest, transforming that promising player into a football star from which the French national team would also benefit, signing its most glorious stage, and also Madrid, both on the pitch and in the bench, from where it continues guiding the whites towards the long-awaited orejona.

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