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Sunday 7. October 2018 - 20:38

Florentino Perez makes Julen Lopetegui sack decision after Alaves defeat

Florentino Perez has decided NOT to sack Julen Lopetegui following their 1-0 defeat to Alaves yesterday.

Real Madrid president Perez appointed Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane’s successor back in the summer, throwing Spain’s preparations for the World Cup in Russia into disarray in the process.

That decision, however, looks to have backfired. Los Blancos are stuck in a rut and, without Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo, no immediate solutions looks in the offing.

Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat to Alaves has seen them go four games without a win - or a goal.

Fans are beginning to turn on Lopetegui, who currently looks out of his depth.

Yet Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim Real have decided to stand by their man - for now.

History suggests that, should Lopetegui continue to struggle, his head will roll.

Perez has a reputation as a trigger-happy boss, sacking Rafa Benitez in 2016.

He also axed Carlos Ancelotti in 2015 despite the Italian steering them to Champions League glory the previous season.

Fabio Capello, Bernd Schuster and Juande Ramos have also seen themselves relieves of their duties by Perez.

But Mundo Deportivo say no immediate change regarding Lopetegui is forthcoming.

However, their showdown with Barcelona on October 28 is supposedly key to his future.

Meanwhile, Real captain Sergio Ramos has backed Lopetegui to arrest their worrying slump.

Speaking after the Alaves game, he said: "Other people take decisions like that."

"But it's never good when there is a change in coach. It would be crazy."

Real are next in action against Levante on October 20.

And another defeat for Lopetegui could force Perez’s hand.

Provided by: Frank Henriksen
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