Ancelotti looks forward to showdown with Madrid 'icon' Zidane

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Carlo Ancelotti hailed Zinedine Zidane for re-energising Real Madrid, as he prepares to lead Bayern Munich against the France icon's Blancos in the Champions League.

The pair had worked together when Zidane was Ancelotti's assistant at the Bernabeu, with the Italian leading the team to a Champions League victory in his first season in charge before being sacked after his second season.

"Zidane is an idol in Madrid, he is respected," Ancelotti told French newspaper Journal du Dimanche. "When he was appointed coach, Real was not doing well. It gave them a boost.

"Zidane is a humble man but he has a lot of charisma and for a manager this is important. As a deputy, he wanted to learn. He helped me a lot in my relationship with [Karim] Benzema."

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