Real Madrid has finally roped in the services of the Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui as the club’s coach just 3 days prior to the World Cup. Julen Loptegui will be joining the Los Blancos after the World Cup and would be leading the 3 times Champions League winners for three seasons.
Julen Lopetegui will be taking the place of Zinedine Zidane, following Zidane’s sudden decision of stepping down from the manager’s position. Lopetegui was the successor of Vicente Del Bosque following Spain’s failure in the European Championships back in 2016.
Lopetegui’s decision of leaving the Spanish side just prior to the World Cup, something that they have been preparing for 2 years has brought in few criticisms from the media. Also, the Los Blancos hasn’t yet disclosed the amount they will be paying to Julen for leading their side for 3 seasons.
The Spanish Federation said in a statement, “The Federation asks for the maximum respect in order to maintain a sense of normalcy around the national team as it is about to debut in the World Cup.”
Julen Lopetegui’s stint as a coach with the La Furia Roja
As of right now, Lopetegui is coaching the Spanish side for the upcoming World Cup in Russia where they would be competing against Morocco, Iran, and Portugal in the group stages. As a coach, he seems to enjoy a win percentage of 70 percent with the Spanish squad and will be expected to lead the La Roja for another World Cup title since their victory in the 2010 edition.
Lopetegui has been known to revive the Spanish side which was under an all-time low following their victory in the World Cup of 2010 and 2 back to back Euro cups. Under his tenure, the Spanish side went for 20 straight wins and ended up bagging the 1st position at the World Cup qualifiers.
Credit goes to young guns like Marco Ascensio, Francisco Isco Alarcon, and Rodrigo Moreno as well for their match-winning contributions at crucial occasions. The newcomers blended perfectly with the Spanish maestros of the likes of David Silva, Sergio Ramos, and Andres Iniesta.
The 51-year-old will be coaching Isco Asensio, Ramos, Lucas Vazquez, Dani Carvajal and other Spanish superstars at Santiago Bernabe Stadium. What’s exciting is that Julen’s name was nowhere on the list for the most probable for the Los Blancos and it was only the previous month that he had accepted to continue his contract with the national unit till 2020.
Julen Lopetegui will be expected to achieve the unattainable
His success with the much younger Spanish squad led to his replacement with Del Bosque. he helped the U-19 and U-21 win the European championships in the early 2010s.
He would surely aim to pull off an unimaginable thing following the end of World Cup. Though he might not get the Los Blancos to 3 European Championship titles, still he could be expected to create wonders with the star-studded team.