TURIN – «Surreal scene: we were in Vicenza, punishment from the edge, Zidane and I on the ball. He looks at me and says: you kick it. Eyes widen: Zizou, are you crazy? You have to pull “he smiles Michele Paduan, the memory and? sweetly paradoxical: “At the beginning Zidane he was ashamed to beat the punishments. He was afraid of making mistakes, of being criticized and asking me to beat them instead of him: crazy things. In training he put in 10 out of 10 with Peruzzi in goal, in the game he was afraid against Vicenza. But isn’t his acclimatization? It was easy, those first four months of Juventus were tough for him, despite his talent being something immense “.
LIPPI SAYS – Immense, yes?. So big that mere mortals haven’t even enjoyed it all, why? modesty combined with humility? man Zidane were holding back the footballer and so? some of the numbers more? phenomenal pearls were given to teammates in closed training sessions. “Sometimes you watched him and you laughed at what he was able to do”tells Lippi: “We looked at each other and laughed, as if to say: but look what he did.” Obviously with the utmost simplicity ?, the one that deceived Antonio With you: «The games seemed easy and I said to myself: I can do it too. Then you tried and got yourself a foolish figure. Once, twice, three times: in the end I realized that only he could do certain things “. Only him and MaradonaPadovano says: “What I saw Zizou invent, maybe only Diego showed me”.
MICHEL SENDS IT – Yet, in those first Juventus months, everything was gray for Zinedinethe boy who grew up in the slums of Marseillelearning its magic on the asphalt of the alleys. Where was the champion who had enchanted Platini to the point of designating him as his heir? He had started to get lost in the European Championship in England, with a talented but disorganized France, then he ended up in the labyrinth of settling into Juventus. he had swallowed so many champions, starting right from Platini. And some of the fault was certainly with Michel, who had it recommended to the lawyer and praised to the media, raising the bar of expectations beyond the insecurities of the shy Zidane, a phenomenon without knowing he is. The same Agnelli then had put a decent load, wanting to tease his friend Platini on the subject, he had invented a joke about him. Fierce that is ?: “I hope Zidane is what they told me and not what I saw at the European Championship “. Sbam! Tuttosport goes after him and on June 30 publishes an investigation: «Zidane: and? Was it a good purchase? “. The titration is? a whip: “A foreigner in discussion: the concerns of Agnelli and all Juventus fans about the last presumed champion”. Thinking about it now, pure madness.
SHY CHAMPION – Zizou, however ?, takes his part. Wonders in training, shyness in the game, where he never dares a step anymore? three meters long, he never dribbles, does he float in mediocrity? Lippi understands that he has to intervene: «I took him aside and told him: you are a phenomenon and, trust me, you will always play in this team. I will not wear you? never questioned “. The comrades gather around him: “He had a smile that made you melt. Before the champion there was a human being and in the locker room there was no one who did not love him “tells Rampulla. Decisive and? also the intervention of Montero, who charges him, convinces him to dare, even threatens to lead him in the next training session if he hadn’t used his talent in the game. And Montero could be convincing.
THE GOAL AT INTER – Pampered by the locker room, Does Zidane dare a little more?. He grows up, takes courage and on 20 October 1996, against Inter, scores one of his goals more than him? beautiful at Juventus with a shot from twenty-five meters that slips under the intersection of the door of Pagliuca. A feat of power and precision, born of equally delicious ball control. “Amazing Zidane”, is written. He hugs everyone, especially the bench. And after the game he only sighs one “long last”. He’s stunned, but he knows he’s out of the nightmare. The day after and? the one of celebrations, he reluctantly submits to it, he doesn’t like the spotlight, and? a natural antidivo and he doesn’t even want to take credit for the goal: “I copied it from Del Piero, but he scored many, I only one”. But from that day on he won’t ask? more? in Padovano, ne? no one else, to beat the punishments instead of him.
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