Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui has been sacked after four and a half months in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu. The former Spain boss couldn’t survive with recent results and was sacked in the wake of the humiliating 5-1 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
Lopetegui succeeded back to back three times Champions League winning coach Zinedine Zidane in June, with huge expectations on his shoulders. Obviously, with an early summer departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid had to go through a huge change in their style of play and Florentino Perez put his trust in Lopetegui.
The former Real Madrid player-cum-manager brought in many changes to the style of play but the results during this transitionary period went from bad to worse. Real Madrid have won just one of their last seven games, sitting ninth in the league table, everybody saw it coming sooner or later. The 52-year-old was sacked just after 14 matches in charge, but what a horrible 14 match run it was!
The official statement from Madrid was critical towards the Spaniard, claiming he had an amazing squad but failed to make use of it. The statement read:
“there is a great disproportion between the quality of the squad, which has eight players nominated for the Ballon d’Or, and the results obtained so far”.
Although a training session was held by the coach the following day of El Clasico humiliation, a board meeting arrived at the decision of dismissal of Lopetegui, as it was Madrid’s worst start to a La Liga season since 2001-02. Julen Lopetegui, who left the managerial role of the Spanish national team this June, just two days before the Russia World Cup 2018, will now be “provisionally replaced” by the B team Castilla coach Santiago Solari.
Solari has a favourable run of games ahead, beginning with a Copa del Rey tie against Segunda B Division side Melilla this Wednesday. Real will then play La Liga’s sixth-placed Valladolid and then UEFA Champions League game against the bottom-placed team of Group G, Viktoria Plzen on the night of 7th November.