Madrid — Spanish media hailed Zinedine Zidane’s surprising restoration as Real Madrid coach on Tuesday as the “return of the hero” and said the “saviour” was also the “last shot” of the struggling European champions. Real president Florentino Perez “had pulled from his hat a rabbit called Zinedine Zidane”, wrote Barcelona daily Mundo Deportivo. Another Barcelona-based daily, Sport, said “Zizou” is “the saviour” who is also Real’s “last shot to survive their crisis”. In Madrid, sports daily Marca wrote: “He is back and his priority is to rescue and revitalise a struggling squad that has been on a downward spiral ever since his departure on May 31 2018.” The 46-year-old Zidane replaced Santiago Solari on Monday and signed a contract until 2022, with the club eliminated from the Champions League, a trophy it won three times under Zidane, and the Spanish Cup and a distant third in La Liga. “Zidane was the standout favourite for Florentino Perez and the Real Madrid president was willing ...

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