sport news Zidane's success 'due to player relationship'

have been successful under Zinedine Zidane because 'he puts himself at the same level' as his players, says Claude Makelele. 

Zidane has led Real to successive Champions League titles, making them the first side to do so in the competition's current format. 

He has now extended his contract until 2020, and former team mate Makelele says his success comes down to understanding his players, despite his own stellar playing career.

Real Madrid are winning under Zinedine Zidane because he is 'at the same level' as his players

are winning under Zinedine Zidane because he is 'at the same level' as his players

Former team mate Claude Makelele says his success comes down to understanding his players

Former team mate Claude Makelele says his success comes down to understanding his players

Zidane and Makelele won the Champions League together at Real and were France team mates

Zidane and Makelele won the Champions League together at Real and were France team mates

MAKELELE AT REAL 

Time at club: July 2000-Aug 2003

Transfer in: £12.6m from Celta Vigo

Transfer out: £18m to Chelsea

Games: 145

Goals: 1; Assists: 1

Honours: 2001/02 Champions League, 2x La Liga (2000/01, 2002/03)

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