Real Madrid announce Lopetegui as new manager

Martes, 12 Jun, 2018

But Tite snapped: "It's a disrespectful attitude and a lie".

"So I think everybody will be happy with it, but mostly because Real were surprised by the departure of Zidane and had to react as soon as possible".

When he announced his resignation, Zidane said that had been the worst moment of his coaching career with the club.

It's as if the clock has been rewound and United are back in the same situation as they were three years ago. After Euro 2008 glory, Del Bosque was able to keep the squad working in the same direction - introducing Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets among others - and finally lifted the World Cup before overseeing another European Championship triumph. La Liga is totally different to the Premier League. I don't like to compare eras.

Luiz has struggled for form and fitness throughout the campaign and has fallen considerably down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following a string of injuries.

However, Brazil are not blessed with an abundance of defensive talent and his omission has come as a surprise to many.

A statement from the club says: "Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russia".

"Football is football and a thousand things can happen".

The 40-year-old has been a constant feature for Italy since making his debut in 1997 and holds the record for the most international appearances having appeared 176 times for his country.

"So then it was just a matter of guessing and nobody out Julen Lopetegui's name forward because we all thought he was focusing on the World Cup and he's got a new contract with the national side".

Lopetegui will be Real Madrid's first Spanish coach with no prior experience managing a team in the Spanish top flight since Del Bosque in 1994.