Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba has expressed his surprise over the return of Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid’s manager, claiming that it was not normal for coaches to come to back to the same club inside a year.

Zidane had resigned as the manager of Madrid at the end of last season, having led the team to their third consecutive Champions League title. However, with the team floundering badly this season, the club hierarchy brought him back to steady the ship.

Alba however was stunned to see Zidane back at the helm, with a contract until 2022, claiming that it was not normal to be returning in such a short period of time.

“Real Madrid went out being the favourite in theory,” Alba said on Spanish radio, according to Goal. “But Ajax were better in the two matches and deserved to beat them. I was surprised by the return of Zidane to Real Madrid. It’s not normal for a coach to return after nine months.”

The defender also mentioned that Barcelona’s achievements are not always applauded in some parts of Spain, despite winning three La Liga titles in a row.

“What Barcelona do is given little value in some parts of Spain,” he added. “I don’t think that everybody fails to value us, but in a bad season you all know that they’d have given it to us from all sides. I think they don’t give us all the credit that is deserved. I’m not just talking about this year, but about all years.”


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