Heynckes, having won the treble in 2013 with several players still active, arrived accompanied by a magician’s aura for the dressing room. In the image, with the three trophies that year
Coaches, but also gentlemen: Jupp Heynckes and Zinédine Zidane embody the elegance of their clubs, the ‚klasse‘ (class) of Bayern Munich and the ‚lordship‘ of Real Madrid and, of course, will not abandon these values on Wednesday at semifinals of the Champions League.
Appointed in autumn in a tense environment, Jupp Heynckes softened the situation and motivated his men.
The veteran coach, 72, imposed his power by relying on the heavyweights of the team opposed to his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti. Some stars to whom he returned his responsibilities and his pride, while integrating new faces (Tolisso, James).
Having won the triplet in 2013 with several players still active, he arrived accompanied by an aura of a magician for the costumes. „All the players love him, the atmosphere in the club is serene,“ Bayern general manager Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, referring to the coach as an „extraordinary person“.
Zidane’s story is similar: in early 2016 he took the reins of a Real Madrid left to drift by Rafael Benítez and turned it into a winning machine with eight titles won from eleven possible since then, including two consecutive ‚Champions‘.
„Zidane changed our lives“, summarized his president Florentino Pérez a year ago in an interview with AFP. „He has that authority over the players because he was a great footballer.“
Thanks to his human management, ‚Zizou‘ managed to leave on the bench heavyweights like James Rodriguez – finally transferred to Bayern – or Gareth Bale. With him everyone has his chance, like Marco Asensio and Lucas Vázquez.
– Two emblems –
‚ZZ‘ has gone through all the posts in Real Madrid: counselor to the president, then sports director, assistant coach, subsidiary technician and last coach of the first team. „I have the DNA of Real Madrid, this is my house“, summarized
Zidane is French but with the most laureate of Spanish clubs, the crush was immediate.
„His values are those of Real Madrid and it’s a love story, beautiful and eternal,“ said Pérez, who signed him as a player in 2001.
‚ZZ‘ has gone through all the posts in Real Madrid: counselor to the president, then sports director, assistant coach, subsidiary technician and last coach of the first team. „I have the DNA of Real Madrid, this is my house“, summarized the Marseillaise.
He recently extended his contract as a technician until 2020 and says he enjoys day-to-day, despite monstrous pressure. Last week he came out in defense of the white institution, describing as „shame“ the criticisms that spoke of „theft“ to refer to the ranking obtained against Juve in the quarterfinals.
Heynckes, on the other hand, is a central character of Bayern Munich … although he has never played in the team. It is his fourth stage as coach of Bayern and was his triplet Bundesliga-Cup-‚Champions‘ of 2013 what concealed him.
When he returned in early October, when he was quietly retired, he acknowledged that he did it for „pure passion for Bayern“ and for friendship with President Uli Hoeness, with whom he was world champion in 1974.
– Connected with the players –
On a daily basis, Heynckes clearly explains what he wants, not hesitating to multiply his asides with players. And then he gives them blind trust.
Thus, ‚resurrected‘ Thomas Müller and has made goalkeeper Sven Ulreich progress to a point that is spoken of him for the World Cup.
This winner of the ‚Champions‘ with Real Madrid, in 1998, has also put James back on the path of success, helped by his mastery of Spanish.
„He brought a new spirit to the team,“ defender Mats Hummels said, adding that „things go well with many players as soon as he says clearly: ‚I want to see this or that, and not see this or that again.'“
Zidane, on the other hand, tries to contribute his serenity. „What you feel, you have to transmit to your players, it’s enough to be calm,“ he said after the classification in extremis against Juve.
The French defends against wind and tide to his players and these return him the confidence: „we are with him to death“, said the Brazilian Marcelo.
In short, „ZZ“ is a facilitator, who pulls complicity and his aura of football legend to get the best out of each one.
„I like the game, I like my players to play,“ he explains. „I pass on to the players what I am,“ he adds.