With World Cup about to commence in a couple of days, Real Madrid has found just the right moment to disperse off the news of appointing Julen Lopetegui as their next coach following Zidane’s unexpected exit from the side. The current Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui would be leaving the Spanish squad after their World Cup campaign and head to Santiago Bernabeu to coach the star-studded Los Blancos.
He has been instrumental behind Spain’s Under-19 and Under-21 victories in the European championships and also in their 20 matches win streak to qualify for the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
Let’s look at the top 3 reasons why Julen Lopetegui could take the Real Madrid to unprecedented heights
Under Zidane’s coaching tenure, the club might have won 3 championships, still, he was not someone to be considered as a master tactician. He relied heavily on motivating the players to give their best shot and also provided many players with numerous opportunities to showcase their talent.
That’s when Julen Lopetegui shines. His style of coaching helped the Spanish side rise back to prominence following their dismal performances under Vicente del Bosque. Real Madrid though, has never played under a master tactician before who knew the art of possession-based football.
It would be interesting to see how effectively Real Madrid’s opts in for Julen’s style of play and turn games in their favour.
No pressures of a demanding environment
He might not be the most popular guy in the football fraternity but bringing him in as a manager, the Los Blancos has removed the risks that might have erupted from a top-level manager’s presence. When Zidane was brought in with the Los Blancos, the expectations soared up to new levels and he actually managed to match such assumptions.
Thus anyone who would be coming in as a replacement for Zidane would have been a challenging task, considering he led Real Madrid to 3 UEFA championship titles. But Julen has been quite fortunate on this note as well.
Even if Real Madrid fails to put up match-winning performances, they can still go in for the services of any other manager without much huff and puff.
His presence would surely help Isco’s career
The 26-year old who plays a key role for Spain and the Real Madrid was benched for more than half of the season. Isco’s career was getting wasted under Zidane’s coaching tenure and it was about time to give him an opportunity to soar up.
When a team like Real Madrid has a player like Isco, then they should know how to utilize his potential to the optimum and this is when Julen comes into play with abilities as a master tactician. At Spain, he plays at number 10 position, thus has sufficient freedom to create chances for his team’s victory.
It was under Julen’s leadership only, when Isco managed to ensure a decimating victory over the Argentinian side and the same would be expected at Real Madrid as well. Julen has been one of the rising prospects for the Real Madrid and has enormous talent underneath him as a player, something that Julen is already aware of.
It would be interesting to see how Julen Lopetegui carries out the managerial role at the star-studded Real Madrid. Hope his presence helps the Los Blancos do some memorable wonders!