The new Real Madrid Coach is the current manager of Spain NT, Julen Lopetegui. The choice was not one of the rumored names but here is what he said about the squad members in the past.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
After the shocking resignation of Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid staff didn’t take too long to reveal a new name for the position of head coach. The club president Florentino Perez chose a name which was not at all anticipated by the media. Julen Lopetegui has signed a three-year contract with the Los Blancos.
According to Spanish news outlet MARCA, the Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos made the deal happen by convincing the national team coach to return back to Madrid. Lopetegui previously was a Real Madrid youth player and managed to make one professional appearance too. Though he has coached the youth sides of Spain and Madrid. He was the head coach of Porto FC before he joined the La Rojas in 2016.
According to reliable sources, Real Madrid will pay Julen Lopetegui’s €1.5 million release clause to the Spanish Federation after the World Cup as the coach was under contract with the national side until 2020.
Real Madrid needed a coach who can handle the big names in the squad well. Though he is on good terms with the Spanish players, here is what the new coach said in past about the other stars of the club.
In an interview published by the Spanish news outlet, AS here is what Lopetegui said about Cristiano Ronaldo:
“Cristiano is a player of total age, I think he is one of the best in history.
Cristiano, with an ambition that moves him in every way and that, has not gone down in his intensity and voracity and I think that makes him the player he is, that nobody gives him and he has made a hole in history to the base of goals and to win decisive games.”
In 2016, the current Spain manager had coached Casemiro in Porto FC. As per Casemiro, the coach was impressed with his work and jokingly asked him to join the La Roja side and play under him. Here is what the coach has said about him in the past:
“He’s always well positioned, constantly covering and offering an outlet. What’s more, his physical prowess means he wins every 50-50, and he makes intelligent use of the ball.”
“He’s got a clear idea of what he brings to the table and his mission on the pitch. He was decisive for us at Porto. He’s always on hand to provide balance. For an attack-minded team that makes him a key figure.”
Gareth Bale, unlike the above two mentioned names, was not really showered with praise. Lopetgeui in 2015 seemed unimpressed with his work rate at Real Madrid, and this might be the final nail in the coffin for Bale’s career in the Spanish capital as he hinted about an exit after the UEFA Champions League Final.
“A player at Real Madrid has to give 100% all the time. If he doesn’t then he might as well leave. La Liga is totally different to the Premier League. A player like that wouldn’t get into my team.”
Right now the Spanish coach will lead his side to the World Cup campaign as the play the opening fixture against the side captained by Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal. The kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM CET on 15th June 2018.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia will be commenced on 14th June 2018 at 4:00 PM CET.