Real Madrid has made an official announcement on the termination of Julen Lopetegui. The former Spanish team head coach has been sacked by the club and he has been replaced by Santiago Solari as temporary manager. The announcement made after the 5-1 humiliated defeat at the hands of fierce rivals Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu in last La Liga clash.
Santiago Solari is the new Real Madrid manager
After a shocking start in the La Liga with four defeats in first 10 Spanish league games, the club has terminated the contract of Julen Lopetegui. At the moment, Real Madrid is at the ninth spot in the league table, seven points behind the defending champions Barcelona.
There were some rumors about former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte who was expected the first favorite to visit Santiago Bernabeu as the new manager. However, Solar’s appointment made it clear that he is only a temporary measure. Solar managed the Real Madrid B team known as Real Madrid Castilla just like Zidane did.
Santiago Solari played side by side with Zinedine Zidane who managed the club from 2014 and won three consecutive Champions League titles. So, Solari is now taking the exact same step as Zinedine Zidane: a trusted confidante of Perez who played for the club in the early 2000s and later took charge of Castilla, before being elevated to the senior squad during a mid-season.
Julen Lopetegui’s as Real Madrid Manager
Lopetegui managed a total of 14 Real Madrid official games in all competitions won, 6, lost 6 and drew twice. The club managed to maintain the goal difference of 1 as they scored 21 and conceded 20 under his management.
This means Solari will now take charge and his first official game will be against Melilla, a third league team. It will be Real Madrid’s first game of Copa del Rey scheduled for 31 October. Check Real Madrid matches schedule.
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