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Real Madrid Sack Julen Lopetegui After 5-1 Defeat To Barcelona

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It has been officially confirmed that Julen Lopetegui is no longer the coach of Real Madrid and his temporary replacement will be Santiago Hernan Solari.The 5-1 defeat at the Camp Nou against Barcelona was the final straw for president Florentino Perez.

Solari moves up from the Castilla side, as did Zinedine Zidane did three years ago when replacing Rafa Benitez. It is a decision that has been taken to pull the club out of a crisis that has rarely been experienced at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Florentino didn’t hesitate after giving Lopetegui a week to turn things around.

Madrid beat Viktoria Plzen at home but failed miserably in the visit to a club without Messi on Sunday. The results and performances (four losses and a draw amid a historical scoring drought) have weighed heavily against the confidence in a coach, who was presented at the Bernabeu just over four months ago following his sacking as Spain coach.

Three successive defeats against CSKA, Alaves and Levante undermined the coach’s position, just over a month after he received great praise following the fantastic victory over Roma.

However, the drift has been such that from June to October, Lopetegui has found himself sacked from the two jobs which he likely always dreamed of having.The coach has also been a victim of the poisoned chalice handed to him at the three-in-a-row European champions, with holes left by the departures of Zidane and, above all, the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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