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Real Madrid have forgotten Julen Lopetegui’s episode, So far so good for interim coach Santiago Solari

Sometimes in life you make a decision, you regret for your life. Julen Lopetegui made a decision to move to world’s best club Real Madrid on the expense of his national duty and today he is nowhere. His stint at Real Madrid didn’t even last three months because of poor results and his inability to manage such a vastly diversified group. Los Blancos have already forgotten Julen Lopetegui’s episode, and they are doing great under interim coach Santiago Solari.

So far so good for Santiago Solari. He has won all four of his matches in-charge. He started with a 4-0 victory against Melilla in a Copa del Rey tie, extended it to 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid, stretches to 0-5 victory over Victoria Plzen in UEFA Champions League, and maintained his 100 percent record so far with a 2-4 victory over determined Celta Vigo team.

He is expected to be handed permanent job on Monday with a quarter of good results. Julen Lopetegui was sacked at the end of October after a 5-1 debacle against Barcelona at Camp Nou in season’s first El Clasico, but in short span of time playing four matches in 12 days, Real Madrid feels like a rejuvenated side under their interim boss Santiago Solari.

The 42-year-old Argentine manager who has played for Real Madrid in the past and only has managerial experience of managing Real Madrid’s B team seems to understanding the football at top level better than Julen Lopetegui from technical area. His previous experience with the club may have helped him in bringing the result with the same group of players available to Lopetegui, but he must be given credit for the quick recovery.

Real Madrid only tasted a single victory in Julen Lopetegui’s last seven games in charge. It started with a 3-0 loss against Sevilla, followed up with 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid, 1-0 loss against CSKA Moscow, 1-0 defeat against Alaves, and losing 1-2 against Levante at home before they finally tasted a 2-1 victory against Victoria Plzen. Then, it followed again with a 5-1 loss to eternal rival Barcelona.

It ended Florentino Perez’s patience with Julen Lopetegui and he was sacked next morning. Reserve team coach Santiago Solari was handed the job in the absence of options available on such a short notice. The Argentine grabbed the opportunity with his both hands and successfully led the club in his first four games.

We guess his success will earn him a permanent job as Real Madrid manager. You can’t raise a concern about Real Madrid’s reserve team coaches, because their last successful coach Zinedine Zidane also has the experience of managing their B team only before overtaking senior team job.


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