The Real Madrid announced on Monday the dismissal of the technician Julen Lopetegui. The sequence of poor results chained during the start of the season, especially in recent weeks, has precipitated the dismissal of the Basque coach, sentenced after the white team fitted a severe defeat in the Camp Nou classic (5-1) against Barcelona. Santiago Solari, until now technician of the subsidiary, takes charge of the equipment in a "provisional" way, according to the statement made public by Madrid.
"The Board of Directors understands that there is a great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid, which has 8 players nominated for the next Golden Ball, something unprecedented in the history of the club, and the results obtained to date," can be read in the official statement.
The white team plays this Wednesday in Melilla in the first round of the Copa del Rey. According to the regulations of the Spanish Federation, a coach can only occupy the position on an interim basis for 14 days. After this time, you must be officially confirmed as the first coach or leave your post. Meanwhile, the club chaired by Florentino Pérez is studying the hiring of Italian Antonio Conte, former coach of Juventus, Chelsea and the Italian national team, although Negotiations have stalled in the last hours.
The exit of Lopetegui takes place when the Madrid occupies the ninth place of the League, to seven points of the leader, the Barcelona, and having lost four parties in the 10 first days, with a very poor balance of goals (only 14 to favor and many others against). In the last five league commitments, whites lost four (3-0 against Sevilla, 1-0 against Alavés, 1-2 at home with Levante and the rout of the Camp Nou) and they could only scratch a draw (0-0) in the Madrid derby against Atlético, at the Bernabéu.
In addition, Madrid could not with the rojiblancos in the first date of the course, the Supercopa de Europa (2-4), and in the Champions League the track has been irregular so far, having lost against CSKA (1-0), won by the minimum to Viktoria Plzn (2-1) and having had a single placid night against Roma (3-0). To this weakness in the results joins the offensive offense of the team, and consequently the whistles of the Santiago Bernabéu, in addition to the division of the locker room around the already ex-coach, protected by a sector of the staff and distanced from another.
In less than five months, Lopetegui has been fired from the Spanish team and from Madrid. After a brilliant journey during the qualification phase of the World Cup in Russia, the Spanish Federation (RFEF) dispensed with its services at the gates of the championship, immediately after the club led by Florentino Pérez announced his hiring to relieve the French Zinedine Zidane, on June 12. The RFEF rescinded its contract unilaterally and the technician signed for three seasons with the entity of Concha Espina, at a rate of approximately six million euros for each of them.
From the start, Lopetegui (52 years old) inherited a Madrid depleted by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, with the resulting penalty, and the club only contributed three new signings for the new project: a goalkeeper (Courtois), a right back ( Odriozola) and a striker at the last minute (Mariano). He also signed the young Brazilian Vinícius Júnior at a star price (45 million euros), but he has barely had minutes in the first team (12) and has spent some time with Castilla.
"We already know how the world of football works," he said on Sunday in the Camp Nou conference room. "The responsibilities fall on the coach … But I'm not stupid," added Lopetegui, who, between the lines, in a veiled manner, hinted that the team has missed in this short journey without Cristiano the Portuguese punch. "If in football at this level you do not take advantage of the chances and you are blunt, you pay. The areas define football, "sentenced the Gipuzkoa, who entered the exit door.