Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Arbeloa has expressed his support for Zinedine Zidane, calling him a ‘great coach’, after the Frenchman has come in for criticism recently.
The former Los Blancos and France playmaker, who won a host of trophies in a glittering playing career, took over at boss of Real Madrid Castilla in the summer after serving as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant last season.
Critics were out shortly after the season started as Castilla lost their first three games. And the scrutiny on the Frenchman has increased with some saying he shouldn’t be allowed to manage because he doesn’t have the right coaching qualifications yet.
Arbeloa joined a training session with Real Madrid Castilla earlier this week while much of the first team squad is away on international duty. Asier Illarramendi and defender Nacho Fernandez also took part in the training session.
And taking to social media site afterwards, Arbeloa expressed his support for Zidane, saying: “It’s a pleasure to work and learn from such a great coach. Zizou, a genius!”
Arbeloa, who began his career in the youth team at the club, rejoined Real Madrid from Liverpool in 2009 and recently celebrated making 200 appearances in the famous white shirt. He has won a number of trophies in his time at the club, including La Liga, the Champions League, and the Copa del Rey.