Florentino Perez starts to plan as time ticks away for Lopetegui at Real Madridchitipi074 | October 20, 2018 | 32 | Sports , Trending On
Julen Lopetegui‘s days at Real Madrid are numbered and all that remains unknown about his sacking is when it will happen – if it is not today, it will be tomorrow, or in the next week, or after El Clasico.
But as was true with Rafael Benitez it is now the case with Lopetegui and the chances of him being at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu by the end of this season are minimal.
Florentino Perez has already been held back from pulling the trigger on the coach after the loss against Alaves but now, his dismissal is inevitable.
Lopetegui himself has frustrations with the club’s summer activity, or lack thereof.
Requests were made by the coach and none were delivered, leaving him mystified as to how nobody could be brought in to replace the departed Cristiano Ronaldo, but Florentino Perez believed that Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and, above all, Vinicius Junior were ready to step up and fill the void.
The poor planning appears to be higher up than just Lopetegui and those arrivals that came – Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Odriozola – were not priorities for the coach.
Zinedine Zidane saw the problems during his last season in the Spanish capital.
As well as Cristiano Ronaldo, Mateo Kovacic, Danilo, Alvaro Morata, Pepe and James Rodriguez were allowed to leave in recent years and none of them were replaced.
Real Madrid might have won the Champions League in each of the last three seasons, but last year they finished more than 20 points behind Barcelona.
Lack of experience at the elite level is also something that can be held against Lopetegui, and he appears to have no answers.
The coach doesn’t appear as though he can get through to the players anymore, despite them speaking in support of him after the game.
Madrid were a team divided in two against Levante, and it is up to the coach to bring everything together.
The players are not going without question though and the captains, in particular, should be held accountable.
Sergio Ramos was one of those most behind Madrid‘s decision to appoint Lopetegui and his performances have not helped the situation.
All of these ingredients throw up a cocktail that could have the European champions ending the week in eighth place, a club that is enduring its worst streak in front of goal and it is all, ultimately, because of an underwhelming summer in the transfer market.