2018 Had Been an up and down Season for Julen Lopetegui.
The 52-year-old was sacked as Spain director on the eve of the World Cup after declaring his intention to proceed to Real Madrid.
After a series of five defeats in seven games, culminating in a 5-1 thrashing by competitions 31, Only 3 months Lopetegui was ignored.
To the BBC’s European football expert, Lopetegui talked in one of the first interviews since departing Real the potential for a movement into the Premier League Guillem Balague on his turbulent season and the sway of Johan Cruyff in his management style.
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Leaving Spain -‘I stated nothing on a five-hour flight’
Because he had been introduced as Real Madrid’s new trainer, the afternoon after his abrupt departure from Russia, an emotional Lopetegui struggled to keep back tears.
“I did not sleep; I did not understand where I had been. One afternoon that I had been in Russia coaching for the World Cup, the second I had been in the Santiago Bernabeu using a new group,” he stated.
“It had been very fast, difficult to take in and also the emotions were high. It had been hard to be told to leave the World Cup, it had been a dream I hard worked hard for sufficient reason for this emotion, so I’m human, so sometimes you can’t control it.”
Real would go onto acquire just one of the following seven games and Lopetegui was ignored on 29 October.
“We had a fantastic beginning, the team had been playing well but afterward we had three very lousy weeks,” he explained. “You just hope you have the enough time to locate an answer because these matters can balance out over a season. We’re convinced this situation was going to maneuver.
“I did not have time, that is precisely the very best way I can explain it.”
Despite his early death, Lopetegui insists he conveys no ill-feeling towards the team.
“I have all respect for the brand new trainer [Santiago Solari], his fresh staff. And the players I love them, they had a attitude with me.
“I’d not say that a bad word about Real Madrid. To manage the club can be a wonderful adventure for just about any coach. I expected I might have more hours however I have to appear to the near future .”