‘Swap teams please’, hap­less Granada coach begs Zi­dane

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID: Tony Adams be­lieves he will be harshly judged given the re­sources avail­able to him for his ill-fated short spell at Granada af­ter his al­ready rel­e­gated side were thrashed 4-0 by Real Madrid on Satur­day.

De­spite mak­ing nine changes the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons out­classed Granada as James Ro­driguez and Alvaro Morata both scored dou­bles in­side the first 35 min­utes.

How­ever, Adams be­lieves Real boss Zine­dine Zi­dane has a far eas­ier job as his side close in on a first La Liga and Cham­pi­ons League dou­ble for 59 years.

“No dis­re­spect to Zi­dane but swap teams please,” said the for­mer Ar­se­nal cap­tain, who has lost all five games in charge since re­plac­ing Lu­cas Al­varez last month.

“I’ve had to work there, pull peo­ple off, change peo­ple, plug holes, put (my) ex­pe­ri­ence when kids are on the floor and you re­ally have to work as a coach when the play­ers are at an­other level to Real Madrid.

“It’s a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me, but I’ve done it be­fore and I’d like a good team one day.”

In con­trast to his suc­cess as a player, Adams has had an undis­tin­guished man­age­rial ca­reer in spells at Wy­combe Wan­der­ers, Portsmouth and in Azer­bai­jan with Ga­bala.

How­ever, he hinted he was forced into the role at Granada hav­ing worked as an ad­vi­sor to the club’s Chi­nese owner Jiang Lizhang.

“When he asked me to do it, then told me to do it, I think I was the only per­son that could real­is­ti­cally make the tran­si­tion with these play­ers. I’m on a hid­ing to noth­ing.”

And Adams be­lieves he can yet prove to be a suc­cess as a coach if given the right re­sources.

“I didn’t en­joy that first-half that’s for sure and I would like to have my own team one day but that’s per­sonal and that’s not why I’m here,” he added.

“If the pres­i­dent asks me when we are top of the ta­ble next sea­son to take the last seven games when we are 10 points clear I think I might en­joy that a lit­tle bit more.”

By con­trast, Zi­dane has so far matched his stel­lar play­ing ca­reer as a coach as Real.

And they hold a com­mand­ing 3-0 semi-fi­nal, first leg lead over Atletico Madrid as Los Blan­cos look to be­come the first side in 27 years to re­tain the Cham­pi­ons League.

“Af­ter nine months of com­pe­ti­tion we have done very well. We still have to play a per­fect game in the sec­ond leg on Wed­nes­day and then we have three fi­nals in La Liga.”

Zi­dane changed his side sig­nif­i­cantly for the fourth straight away league game.

How­ever, once again the likes of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo weren’t missed as Real have won all four of those games, scor­ing 17 goals in the process.

And Zi­dane be­lieves his ro­ta­tion pol­icy has en­sured Real end the sea­son strongly.

“Over nine months if you play every game, some­times you are empty by the end of the sea­son. We are the op­po­site, phys­i­cally we are very strong and that is good news for the end of the sea­son.” AFP

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