Zidane's dressing room management key to Madrid's success

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Published 6:26 a.m. ET May 23, 2018

MADRID (AP) — Despite his successes as coach of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane doesn’t see himself as a great tactician.

Instead, he prides himself on being a manager of egos.

Zidane, who will be trying to win his third straight Champions League title as Madrid coach on Saturday against Liverpool, said he does his best work in the dressing room, more a shrink than a coach.

“I spent 17 or 18 years as a player and worked with many coaches and some gifted players who had big egos,” the former France great said. “I know the dressing room and I know very well how players think. That is important to me.

“I’m not the best coach, I’m not the best tactically,” he said. “But I have something else. I have desire and passion, and that means a lot more.”

It’s no small feat by Zidane to successfully manage a squad filled…

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