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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he wants to inspire his team to play with the same attacking flare he displayed as a player

  • Real Madrid's newly appointed coach Zinedine Zidane shields his eyes from the sun during his first training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. Real Madrid fired coach Rafael Benitez Monday after seven months and replaced him with former player Zinedine Zidane a day after Madrid's 2-2 draw at Valencia deepened a crisis that started with an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to rival Barcelona in November. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    Real Madrid's newly appointed coach Zinedine Zidane shields his eyes from the sun during his first training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. Real Madrid fired coach Rafael Benitez Monday after seven months and replaced him with former player Zinedine Zidane a day after Madrid's 2-2 draw at Valencia deepened a crisis that started with an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to rival Barcelona in November. (AP Photo/Paul White)  (The Associated Press)

  • Real Madrid's newly appointed coach Zinedine Zidane watches his players during his first training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. Real Madrid fired coach Rafael Benitez Monday after seven months and replaced him with former player Zinedine Zidane a day after Madrid's 2-2 draw at Valencia deepened a crisis that started with an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to rival Barcelona in November. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    Real Madrid's newly appointed coach Zinedine Zidane watches his players during his first training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. Real Madrid fired coach Rafael Benitez Monday after seven months and replaced him with former player Zinedine Zidane a day after Madrid's 2-2 draw at Valencia deepened a crisis that started with an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to rival Barcelona in November. (AP Photo/Paul White)  (The Associated Press)

  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, walks onto the pitch with some of his team mates during a training session, the first under newly appointed coach Zinedine Zidane in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. Real Madrid fired coach Rafael Benitez Monday after seven months and replaced him with former player Zinedine Zidane a day after Madrid's 2-2 draw at Valencia deepened a crisis that started with an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to rival Barcelona in November. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, walks onto the pitch with some of his team mates during a training session, the first under newly appointed coach Zinedine Zidane in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. Real Madrid fired coach Rafael Benitez Monday after seven months and replaced him with former player Zinedine Zidane a day after Madrid's 2-2 draw at Valencia deepened a crisis that started with an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to rival Barcelona in November. (AP Photo/Paul White)  (The Associated Press)

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he wants to inspire his team to play with the same attacking flare he displayed as a player.

Zidane says "football with a personal touch, with attacking play, is what I'll aim for."

Zidane was speaking Tuesday at his first news conference, a day after replacing the fired Rafa Benitez.

Earlier, the club said more than 6,000 fans turned out to watch the former France great take charge during Madrid's traditional open-door first practice session of the year.

His first game will be on Saturday at home against Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league. Madrid trails leader Atletico Madrid by four points and is two points behind defending champion Barcelona, which has a game in hand.