Rivaldo compared Koeman to Zidane

Rivaldo compared Koeman to Zidane

Catalan Barcelona former forward, not without bias, compared the head coach of the Catalans Ronald Koeman and the manager of Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane.

World champion and Ballon d'Or winner Rivaldo commented on the success of Zinedine Zidane and Ronald Koeman as head coaches for their clubs. Despite the difficult situation at Barcelona, the Brazilian forward sees in the Dutch coach a greater prospect in working with football players than in Zidane,

I've always said that the main thing in working with young footballers is not to put too much pressure on them. In my opinion, Kuman succeeds in this, he lets the young play along with Busquets, Messi and Alba. For this, Koeman deserves respect, you need to give him his due.

While Zinedine Zidane acts in a completely different way compared to how he worked before, when he released Valverde, Vinicius, Rodrigo. I read this week that it could be a punishment for Vinicius being on the phone during Zidane's speech,” Rivaldo commented.

It is clear that the forward, as a former Barcelona player, favors the coach of his former club. At the same time, there is logic in his words. The question of punishing Vinicius for his behavior is relevant, but it could be solved in different ways by imposing a fine. Moreover, during the financial crisis, such an act would look more objective.

On the other hand, it seems that Koeman is trying to be good for everyone, which cannot be a priori. The only exception was Ricky Puig, whom the Dutchman accused of leaking information from within the team. Despite this, it was Puig who brought Barcelona the victory in the penalty shootout against Real Sociedad.

Therefore, we would not separate the methods of punishment for football players from Koeman and Zidane, since they are very similar in many ways. At the same time, they are in different circumstances. At Real Madrid, Zidane has more authority than Koeman at Barça, where many issues are resolved through the prism of Lionel Messi's opinion. As a result, a more loyal attitude to players from the coach from Camp Nou, it seems to us.