Roberto Carlos says his former teammate Zinedine Zidane “has everything under control” at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid chase a La Liga and Champions League double.
The Brazilian left-back, who will be lining up for the Samba Boys in this summer’s inaugural Star Sixes tournament at The O2 arena in London, played for the Spanish giants for eleven years, five of those alongside the legendary Frenchman.
And with Madrid sitting top of the league and looking for a 33rd title, while they are still on course for a record 12th European Cup, Carlos expects things to just keep getting better under Zidane.
“I’m not surprised by how things are going,” said Carlos, who won no fewer than 13 trophies with Los Blancos.
“Zizou was a top player and now he is a top coach. I’ve been very impressed by him and soon he will be the very best in the world.
“At the moment everything is under control, he’s working really hard and getting their heads down and that’s what’s most important.”
Madrid are not only gifted with a top manager, they also have two of the world’s best players in Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, but rather than comparing the two, club ambassador Carlos is delighted they can field such rich talent.
“Bale is one of the best players in the world, for sure, and would definitely be in your top eleven,” said the 1998 World Cup winner, “but it’s not about one being better than the other, Real Madrid have world class players all over the pitch and it’s about them all delivering.”
Carlos will forever be remembered for a goal he scored for Brazil at Le Tournoi in 1997, a year before the World Cup, against a France side featuring Zidane, then of Juventus.
His astonishing long-range free-kick looked to be going way off target until a miraculous swerve bent the ball around the defensive wall and inside the post. Everyone in the stadium, players and fans, just watched on in amazement.
Carlos, however, insists it was purely a one-off.
“I’ve never tried to do it again since, I don’t even know how I did it!” he admitted.
“That day I woke up well and felt good. There was a foul 35 metres out and I thought ‘I’m just going to hit it’.
“I hit it perfectly but I have no explanation for what happened – it’s only one time. People talk about it every day, And I happy they don’t forget.”
Let’s hope we see some more magic like that at Star Sixes!
Make sure you don’t miss the inaugural Star Sixes tournament at The O2, where 12 international teams will go head-to-head from 13-16 July for the first trophy. Get your tickets by visiting Ticketmaster or AXS.