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Zidane has been lucky, Allegri has to work to become of the best

Zidane has been lucky, Allegri has to work to become of the best

NAIJ.com takes a look at the managerial careers of the coaches of Champions League finalists Juventus and Real Madrid; Max Allegri and Zinedane Zidane.

Both managers deserve immense credit for getting to this stage of the competition and for the way they have managed their squad biggest egos.

Zidane has been lucky, Allegri has to work to become of the best

Allegri (left), Zidane (right)

In terms of ego, Zidane has had to do more with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, but Allegri has to keep the likes of Claudio Marchisio, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho in his managerial career so far.

In terms of competition, Zidane has been luckier of the two. Last season when the Frenchman led Los Blancos to the Champions League final; the team was already disqualified from the Copa Del Rey which allowed them to have enough rest with an easy route to the final.

Zidane has been lucky, Allegri has to work to become of the best

Zidane has done well to manage Cristiano Ronaldo

This season, Zidan had a poor Copa Del Rey campaign and was blessed with what many analysts tag the greatest squad ever assembled.

Fringe players stepping-up has been the norm rather than the exception which has allowed him rotate easily.

If Madrid win the Champions League, Zidane becomes the first coach ever to win back-to-back Champions League titles.

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If Juventus win, Allegri joins an exclusive group of coaches to win the treble like Jose Mourinho (Inter Milan), Luis Enrique and Pep Guardiola (Barcelona), Jupp Heynekes (Bayern Munich), Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) and Andre Villas Boas (FC Porto).

Playing careers

Allegri had a decent career, but Zidane had a great career playing for the world's best clubs; and both are being regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever.

The Frenchman is a World Cup and European Championship winner while Allegri was regularly relegated as a footballer.

Zidane has been lucky, Allegri has to work to become of the best

Zidane (left) in action for Real Madrid against Barcelona's Luis Enrique in an El Clasico clash

His most high profile stint came with Pescara in the Serie A where he scored 12 goals from midfield though his side was relegated.

The Italian was a popular player in the lower divisions, playing for 12 teams in total and retiring in 2003 with an appearance for the Italian national team.

Coaching mentors

Allegri practically had to learn all he could from going to take his coaching lesson with the Italian FA. His mentor was Giovanni Galeone a former Udinese coach and one of the most innovative coaches ever.

Zidane on the other hand has worked under some of the greatest coaches ever both as a player and coach himself.

Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez are his major contributors while he played under the likes of Marcelo Lippi at Juventus and Vicente Del Bosque at Real Madrid.

Zidane has been lucky, Allegri has to work to become of the best

Zidane worked as an assistant to Mourinho

He shaped his way of approaching his game; his man-management from Ancelotti, Lippi and his tactical knowledge from Benitez and Fabio Capello which he was assistants to them.

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Track record

Zidane has had a rather short top flight managerial career but has achieved almost all. Allegri only needs the Champions League title to ensure he would be tagged one of the greatest ever.

The 44-year-old has one La Liga title, one Champions League title one UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club world Cup titles.

Allegri has four Serie A titles, two Supercopa Italia and three Copa Italia titles to his name. He has also qualified for two Champions League finals.

Zidane has been lucky, Allegri has to work to become of the best

Allegri kisses the Coppa Italia he won with Juventus last month

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