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Zidane: Mourinho can lead Real to glory

Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane believes that the club's new boss Jose Mourinho has all the qualities needed to help los Blancos topple Barcelona and become the dominant force in Spanish and European football once again.

Zidane starred for Real's galacticos as they won the 2002 Champions League and 2002-03 La Liga titles during his five-year stay at the Bernabeu.

And despite their bitter rivals Barca emerging as the team to beat at home and abroad in recent years, the World Cup-winning former France captain is confident that the arrival of Mourinho will thrust Real back into the limelight.

"Mourinho brings what was missing to this team," Zidane was quoted as saying in AS. "Barca are going well, but this year Madrid can do something important.

"The way Barcelona play now it's hard to be at their level, but Madrid have the players and coach to beat them."

And Zizou, 38, believes that Mourinho should take a leaf out of the Catalans' book and demonstrate that Real, too, have a wealth of talent in their youth teams, capable of making the grade.

"Now, they must also think of the youth system," Zidane said. "Barca have done very well with theirs lately and have brought in four or five players."


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