Zidane

Julen Lopetegui says Zinedine Zidane was an “extraordinary” coach for Real Madrid.

Zidane quit his post after leading Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title in May, Los Blancos triumphing in the competition in each season the Frenchman was in charge.

Lopetegui was subsequently named as Zidane’s successor, although he was fired by Spain on the eve of the World Cup after his appointment was confirmed.

The new boss is preparing for his first competitive game in charge, as they take on rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday.

And while Lopetegui appreciates the platform that was left in place by the departing Zidane, he wants to move on from the Frenchman’s era.

“Zizou did an extraordinary job and got incredible titles,” Lopetegui told a news conference.

“But this is the past, now we are focused to keep on getting them, keep making history and we have to try to be better and better in all aspects.

“And we’ll try to do it, and don’t look back. We have to look forward with confidence and work.”