Time may be up for Lopetegui after El Clasico thrashing
Real Madrid were made to endure a heavy defeat at the hands of a Messi-less Barcelona in the El Clasico at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
The Los Blancos went into the game at the back of an unconvincing 2:1 win over Viktoria Plzen in the UEFA Champions League at the Bernabeu in midweek to end a poor run of games.
A lot of folks may have thought that they were in the process of turning the corner but the El Clasico thrashing at the hands of a depleted Barcelona side proves otherwise.
The result has apparently put Julen Lopetegui’s future in major doubt as any news that folks may be expecting from the Real Madrid hierarchy could be one that announces the termination of his contract at the Bernabeu.
The loss culminated in a very poor run of 5 losses, 1 draw, and 1 loss in their last 7 games in all competitions, whilst marking their third straight loss in the La Liga this season. This is obviously unacceptable at a club of Madrid’s standards and Lopetegui may be as good as gone.
It can be recalled that some previous reports suggested that the club had given Lopetegui a 3 game ultimatum with the El Clasico being the last one on the list.
Regardless of the ultimatum, the Spanish manager and his side have not covered themselves in glory. Therefore, it would be a miracle if Lopetegui escapes a sack after this horrible result.
Real Madrid now sit 9th on the log with 14 points, 7 points behind league leaders Barcelona. Julen Lopetegui’s first 14 games in charge of Real Madrid has seen him win 6, lose 6 and draw 2. The worst of all is that his side have conceded 20 goals and scored just 21.
A declining Luis Suarez was the star of the show in Messi’s absence as he bagged a hat-trick on the day, with Arturo Vidal and Coutinho providing the other goals.
Marcelo was the only scorer for Madrid as the Los Blancos attack continued to be lethargic in the opposition box. A prompt response is expected from the Madrid hierarchy. We wait to see how things pan out.