Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid Opinion

The Frenchman watched his side come from behind to dispatch Osasuna 4-1 away from home, taking them three points clear at the top of the table.

Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Osasuna on Sunday saw Zinedine Zidane further cement his mythical place in the club’s history.

The victory was his 88th at La Liga, shooting him above Jose Mourinho into third all-time for the most wins in the Spanish top flight as Madrid boss.

Just Miguel Munoz, who managed the club for 14 years between 1960 and 1974, and Vicente del Bosque have won more league games as the gaffer at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Things didn’t initially appear to be going to plan for Madrid in the Estadio El Sadar, as Unai Garcia put Osasuna into an unexpected early lead.

Goals from Isco and Sergio Ramos turned the game on its head before the period, with late strikes from Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic making the game safe.

Ramos was making his 440th Madrid appearance in the league, moving into fifth place at the club’s all-time league look list exceeding Fernando Hierro.

Jovic’s goal, a thumping finish on the half-volley, will have come as a relief to both Zidane and the Serbian forward.

It was just his second strike since linking Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summertime, and Zidane will be expecting him to kick from it.

“I want him to score, but he’ll get there if he keeps working,” he said recently.

“He’s young, he’s just arrived and the good thing is that he’s in a team where there are a whole lot of big players and he has to adapt.

“The delicate moment will be good for him, when he finally scores, everything will change.”

Zidane’s record underlines the remarkable success he achieved in his first spell at the helm, which he will be hoping to replicate in his second.

His hat-trick of Champions League wins has already established him as one of the club’s most successful coaches in their history, though he is going to be keen to increase the solitary league title he won in 2016-17.

However, he has some way to go before catching the great Munoz. Though he only won two European Cups, Madrid won a record nine league titles under him in the 1960s and early 1970s.