What followed trumped the disappointment of these three games combined as Real got knocked out of the Champions League at home by a young Ajax side. The hosts were not just defeated by the Dutch side, they were humiliated and even a 1-4 scoreline was a let-off for the three-time defending champions.
In the wake of these disappointing results, the Los Blancos called upon one of the most successful managers of recent times, Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman stepped down from the helm at the Bernabeu at the end of last season. His spell at the Spanish capital saw Real Madrid win three consecutive Champions League titles and in the process, they became the first team in the competition’s history to win the trophy in successive seasons.
Zinedine Zidane also won the La Liga once in his time at Real Madrid in the 2016-17 season. Apart from the two major trophies, under Zidane’s watch, Real Madrid also won the Copa Del Rey (2017), t
he UEFA Super Cup (2016, 2017) and the FIFA Club World Cup (2016, 2017). His Champions League victories came in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Zidane’s appointment makes him Real Madrid’s third manager this season after Santiago Solari was brought in to replace Julen Lopetegui in October 2018.