November 6, 2018
To the humiliating final chord, Julen Lopetegui was once again allowed to “lead” the training of Toni Kroos and Co., then the unsuccessful coach of Real Madrid was dismissed less than 24 hours after the embarrassing 1:5 in Clasico at the arch-rival FC Barcelona on Monday evening as expected.
To everyone’s surprise, however, the troubled Champions League winner did not present former Italian coach Antonio Conte as his new coach. Instead, reserve coach Santiago Solari is to lead the royals back on the road to success as interim coach. the 42-year-old will lead the training for the first time.
With Lopetegui’s dismissal, who only took on the legacy of the highly successful Zinedine Zidane in the summer, the Spanish record holders said they wanted “to change the dynamics of the first team, as all the season’s goals are still achievable,” and stated: “There is a disparity between the quality of the staff nominated for the Golden Ball with eight players – something that has never happened before in the club’s history – and the results to date.”
Lopetegui, according to the Spanish media, said goodbye to the team at Camp Nou on Sunday evening. The omnipotent club president Florentino Perez had left the scene of the debacle so angrily that he decided not to go to the obligatory cabin.
The fact that Lopetegui appeared the next day for “farewell training” (Marca) did not change the fact that his days at Real were numbered. His end and Antonio Conte’s commitment were to be decided at the directors’ meeting on Monday evening. But only one of these plans was put into action.
In the afternoon, according to the well-informed sports magazines AS and Marca, Conte was in opposition. Accordingly, the 49-year-old had cancelled the Royal at the last minute. The proud disciplinary fanatic disliked how his approaching appointment had been received by influential parts of the Real team.
“You deserve respect, you can’t force him,” captain Sergio Ramos explained, “The way a coach deals with the cabin is more important than his expertise.” Club saint Jorge Valdano also criticised Conte’s authoritarian approach. Now someone else will have to lead the Champions League winner back to his old strength.
Five defeats in the past seven games, ninth place in the league behind Alaves, Levante, Valladolid or Getafe, and seven points behind Barca were unacceptable for the proud Perez.
The Clasico was “the last shovel of earth” on Lopetegui’s grave, wrote the AS. “Madrid was a disaster,” admitted midfielder Casemiro. “The situation is shitty,” Ramos said, “We support the coach to the death, but the decisions are made on top.” Isco said, “You have to throw us all out, not just the coach.”
Lopetegui was not Perez’ first choice to succeed coach Zidane. Mauricio Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri, Conte, Jürgen Klopp, Julian Nagelsmann – they were all contacted in vain before he snatched Spain’s national team’s success coach from them. Critics say Perez destroyed the Seleccion and Real within four months.
“It’s not just Julen’s fault,” headlined the Real house magazine Marca on Monday – a clear reference to the president. He sat on the misbelief that he could do without goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo. While CR7 scored for Juventus Turin, Real scored only four goals in the recent seven games, a total of 21 in 14 – eight less than last season. “My son’s 50 goals were stolen,” Lopetegui’s father Jose Antonio complained about the Ronaldo sale. DreuckGlueck can choose between classic slot machines.
On Wednesday in the first leg of the sixteenth-finals of the Copa del Rey at third division UD Melilla Solari will celebrate his debut. According to the regulations in Spain, an interim coach can only be responsible for a maximum of 14 days. He must then be replaced by a permanent solution – or himself promoted to boss.