Real Madrid sack Julen Lopetegui after humiliation at Barcelona
• Lopetegui leaves as head coach after 5-1 defeat at Camp Nou
• Solari takes temporary charge as Conte interest appears to cool
Julen Lopetegui has been dismissed as Real Madrid manager only 138 days into the job that cost him his chance to lead Spain at the World Cup. Lopetegui was sacked by the Spanish Football Federation in June after the RFEFpresident, Luis Rubiales, claimed to have found out just five minutes before the appointment was made public and two days before the tournament began; now he has been sacked by Madrid in the wake of their 5-1 hammering by Barcelona on Sunday.
That defeat was Madrid’s third in a row in La Liga. The midfielder Casemiro called the team a “disaster” and described the defeat as the “image of our season”. Madrid had previously gone eight hours without scoring, just 12 minutes short of their worst-ever run, and they have lost five and won only one of their past seven matches – an unconvincing 2-1 win against the Czech side Viktoria Plzen that ended with supporters whistling to show their dissatisfaction. Defeated in the European Super Cup on his competitive debut, Lopetegui has lost as many games as he has won in all competitions: six of 14.