Zidane: Mourinho was what Real needed

Zinedine Zidane reckons Jose Mourinho, who assumed the Real Madrid reins in the summer, is just what the club needed.

"The team needed a change, a coach with personality, a firm hand, and I think he fits that profile," the Real legend told Marca from South Africa, where he is sponsoring a youth competition.

"For me, Jose Mourinho was what Real Madrid needed. I have a lot of trust in Mourinho, as well as in the players which we have, because the majority are young and they have a lot of quality."

Jose Mourinho was what Real Madrid needed. The team needed a coach with personality, a firm hand.
Zinedine Zidane

Zidane, 38, has been a special adviser to Real chairman Florentino Perez since June 2009. He retired from football after his fifth season with Los Merengues and the subsequent 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™.

Mourinho replaced Manuel Pellegrini to become Real's 11th coach in the past seven years. The Portuguese's side have won four and drawn two of their opening six La Liga fixtures and sit third in the table, two points behind leaders Valencia.

The 47-year-old lifted the UEFA Champions League with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan last season. He also won two domestic titles with Os Dragões, two with Chelsea and two with I Nerazzuri.

Big-spending Real seized the last of their 31 La Liga crowns in 2008. The club was eliminated from the Champions League in the first knockout round for the sixth time last year.