The Real Madrid confirmed on Monday the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui as coach of the first team, just four and a half months after hiring him and a day after the Madrid side extended their bad time with their bulky defeat against FC Barcelona (5-1) in the Camp Nou during the tenth day of LaLiga Santander, and the provisional appointment of Santiago Hernán Solari, subsidiary technician, as your substitute.
"The Board of Directors of Real Madrid CF, meeting today, October 29, 2018, has agreed to terminate the contract that linked coach Julen Lopetegui with the club.This decision, adopted from the highest responsibility, aims to change the dynamics in which is the first team, when all the objectives of this season are still achievable, "the Real Madrid club said in a statement.
The Board of Directors also warned that "it understands that there is a great disproportion between the quality of the template, which has 8 players nominated for the next Golden Ball, something unprecedented in the history of the club, and the results obtained to date"
"The club thanks Julen Lopetegui and his entire technical team for the effort and work they have done and wishes them the best in their professional careers, and will be provisionally replaced by Santiago Solari, who will lead the first team starting tomorrow," he said. times European champion.
The bad result in the Classic this Sunday has precipitated the end of the stage of Gipuzkoa, a news that was already speculated for several weeks and that occurs with the ninth team in the league table after four wins, two draws and four defeats, and seven points of the leadership that they show precisely those of Ernesto Valverde.
The hard setback in Ciudad Condal was also the fifth defeat, third followed in the league, in the last seven games, a streak in which the current European champion has only been able to beat the modest Czech Viktoria Plzen, by a tight 2-1, in the Champions League. Sevilla (3-0), Alavés (1-0) and Levante (1-2), in Liga, and CSKA (1-0), in 'Champions', also knew how to beat Real Madrid, while the only one' positive note 'was the goalless draw in the derby against Atlético (0-0).
The last victory of the white team in the domestic tournament was more than a month ago, on September 22, against Espanyol 1-0, and Lopetegui leaves his position with a poor balance of six wins, six losses and two draws in its 14 official games, where the offense has suffered after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo with 14 goals in favor in LaLiga Santander, ten of them in his first three days, and the same figure against, also shows a defensive weakness that has made him go in tow in almost all his games.
To all this joins that he could not move forward the dispute of his first official title, the European Super Cup, which lost to Atletico Madrid 4-2 after an extension and after winning 1-2, ending the trophy streak that had started with Zinédine Zidane.
Second dismissed in five months
However, from there, despite some ups and downs, he remained unbeaten in his next six games, with five wins, and even the 3-0 with which premiered in the Champions League against Roma It raised the tone of a few compliments of which there is no trace left, although neither the league nor European options are compromised at the moment.
In fact, compared to a year ago, the situation of the team is relatively 'identical'. With Zidane on the bench, the Madridistas were on October 29, 2017 at eight points of the then unbeaten Barcelona after losing in the tenth day against Girona in Montilivi and in the 'Champions' had been two points at home to Tottenham , who days later would defeat him 3-1 at Wembley to complicate the continental future.
Julen Lopetegui closes a painful year in 2018 where he has suffered two destitutions in less than five months. The one of Asteasu, of 52 years, was arranged to direct to a Spanish selection to the rise in the World-wide one of Russia, to which it had arrived in 2016 and with which it had just renewed until 2020, but Luis Rubiales, president of the Real Federation Spanish Football (RFEF), dismissed him after being announced, three days before the tournament debut against Portugal, who would be the next coach of Real Madrid without having transmitted it personally.