The Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui who took over the role of Real Madrid’s head coach as the successor of Zinedine Zidane has given Madridistas the silver lining in the days of anguish since the all-time top scorer of the club Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus. Lopetegui believes his side will be a strong one on all the fronts with the help of all the Madridismo.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
The newly appointed manager of the reigning European Champions, Julen Lopetegui spoke to Real Madrid TV ahead of his first training session with the team. The Spanish coach is optimistic for the season ahead and is excited to be at Real Madrid. He expressed his views about the club where he had spent his youth career.
“I like everything about Real Madrid, even the club anthem. I’ve got a very strong squad that’s capable of facing up to the challenges that lie ahead with real confidence.”
Lopetegui used strong and clear words of what the fans can expect from his side under his management. Especially after what he has done with the national side. Lopetegui has also been working with Isco, Asesnio, Vazquez, Ceballos, Mayoral, etc. previously as he coached the youth sides of the Spain NT and later the first team as well.
“I’m certain that you’ll see a competitive side with very clear ideas about what we’re doing.”
Real Madrid who are set to face Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on the 15th of August have already started their preparations and Julen Lopetegui is aware of the demands of the club. The coach is confident to put on a show and add a trophy to the cabinet straight away.
“It’s always special to return to Real Madrid because I’ve always considered it as being home. It’s where I grew up, learned my trade and the club has played a big part in who I am today.To return as first -team coach is extremely special and it’s a source of responsibility and excitement. I’m joining the best and most demanding club in the world. I’m certain that I’ll be able to meet those demands and we’ve got to start working towards our first chance to win some silverware, which will come on 15 August in the UEFA Super Cup against Atlético.”
Lopetegui further explained his ideology and understanding of the coaching concept while appreciating the amount of young talent the squad has.
“There are a lot of similarities when it comes to coaching, in terms of the work you do out on the grass, at every club. There are different contexts and small details and Real Madrid have a squad that features several of the best players in the world. There’s a marvelous squad here.”
Real Madrid are one of the clubs which are highly into the system of club values and royalty. Julen Lopetegui recognizes that he requires a certain level of class to carry out his job.
“A coach has to understand that, be aware of what it means to represents this club and combine the work that’s got to be done out on the grass with the duty of representing a club that places demands on its coach and players. A Real Madrid coach simply has to have that class. At the end of the day, the aim is to make us a great team, train hard and have a clear understanding of how we’re going to go about things.That’s where we’ll go into real depth because we believe that’s how we’ll get the most out of the individual quality within this squad.”
Lopetegui further expressed his love for the club and points out that he is in awe of the training facility (Valdebebas) and also that he loves the tune of the club’s anthem i.e “Hala Madrid y Nada Mas!”
“It’s hard not to like Real Madrid. You’ve simply had to love the anthem and everything about the club. There’s an excellent squad here. I’ve been in at Valdebebas and it’s beyond words. I’m also at a loss to describe the affection I received at my unveiling. I’m liking everything about it.”
After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, there have been a few other names which are linked to an exit from the club such as Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic, and Keylor Navas. Lopetegui confirms there will be some changes by the end of the transfer market.
“To focus on my job as head coach, I’ve got a really strong squad, regardless of what happens and there will be some tweaks and situations that will be resolved in the coming weeks.”
Lopetegui continued to emphasize on hard-work and continuity which he believes is one of the key reason for the success of the teams he has coached until now.
“We can all constantly improve and wanting to become a better player, coach and team is a fantastic place to be for any professional. I’m someone who looks to constantly better myself and that’s what I try to instill in my teams. To achieve that we need that commitment and passion that all Real Madrid players should feel and I’m sure they do and that willingness to work and achieve the team’s targets.”
The former Real Madrid goalkeeper also took out some moments to recall his association with the club since he was a young child and how he fills that being a coach has completed the circle of destiny.
“I have great memories. When I think back to my first spell, as a Castilla player, it brings a smile to my face because I arrived in Madrid at 18 for military service with a load of friends. Real Madrid offered the values that everyone talks of and we witnessed them at every single club event. That builds your character and shapes your future. Later on, and after a spell out on loan, I was lucky enough to return as a member of the first-team squad and make my debut. After having been around the block a lot, I’m here now the as first-team coach. In short, I’ve represented the club in many roles and this current one closes the circle.”
Julen Lopetegui also discussed about what e thinks of Madridismo and the demands of the club. He believes that even as a coach he will need to connect more to the club as a player does to get the best results.
“There’s no question that knowing the club, its defining spirit, madridismo and what the fans demand of you is an advantage, because in addition to demanding that we win, there are a series of important values that we must really be aware of. I’m referring here to the pride associated with madridismo and held by the madridistas. We coaches can’t hide from that reality and I’ll try to instil the feelings that a Real Madrid player has to feel.”
Lastly, Julen Lopetegui thanked the fans for accepting his appointment and welcoming him in the best way possible. Especially after how he was sacked by Rubiales just a day before the commencement of the FIFA World Cup 2018. He assures the fans that his side will be a joy to watch and a fearsome European giant with the support of all the fans.
“I want to thank the madridistas for accepting my appointment and giving me this responsibility. Without a doubt, we’ll try to manage that duty with pride, responsibility, excitement, lots of hard work, demand a lot of ourselves, which is what Real Madrid demands of us. With the certainty that we’ll be a great side and will fight on all fronts, which is what Real Madrid teams must always do. Madridismo is always there in times of need and I’m sure that they’ll be there for us.”
Julen Lopetegui now will kick off the preseason with Real Madrid on 1st August where his side will play against Manchester United, Juventus, and AS Roma. The preseason in the USA will be finishing on the 8th of August before the team starts to prepare for the UEFA Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid on 15th August 2018.