Real Madrid sacked manager Julen Lopetegui on Monday. Although Lopetegui was in charge of Real Madrid for only four months, a series of mediocre and embarrassing results led to his firing, including a humiliating 5-1 against Barcelona in the traditional El Clasico showdown.
According to Goal.com, former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was expected to take over the managerial duties. However, it was announced on Wednesday that Conte officially ruled himself out of taking over. Former Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger was also reportedly linked to the job, but he’s also ruled himself out. With Conte and Wenger out of the picture, Real Madrid has reportedly expressed interest in Roberto Martinez, the current manager of the Belgian National Team. Rumor has it that even current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is in the mix although last month, he denied having any interest in returning to Real Madrid.
So, what now for Real Madrid?
Real Madrid can use a fresh start. They are currently ninth in the La Liga and they’re currently on a three-game losing streak in La Liga play, something that hasn’t happened to Real Madrid since 2009. Real Madrid ought to be turning that streak into a winning streak.
In their last five La Liga games, Real Madrid has suffered four losses and one draw after starting out with four wins and one draw in their first five La Liga games of the season. Real Madrid’s got to start winning games and to continue to win games.
In Champions League play, Real Madrid is off to two wins and one loss. Real Madrid has won the Champions League title three straight times and the last thing they need is crashing out of the Group Stage. They are off to a decent start to their title defense. Their next Champions League game is next Wednesday.
Right now, Real Madrid’s most important objective needs to be getting Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in more scoring positions. They have seven goals combined, which is not bad. Bale is an excellent facilitator so the ball needs to be at his foot more often than not.
For the time being, reserve-team manager Santiago Solari is in charge. On Wednesday, Solari led his squad to a resounding 4-0 win in a Spanish Copa Del Rey match. Madrid is still using the 4-3-3 tactic that Lopetegui went with. So, it will be interesting to see how Madrid sorts itself out in that regard once they appoint a new manager.