While several names had been announced to succeed Zinedine Zidane on the sidelines of Real Madrid, it is against all odds that the Merengue leaders have chosen Julen Lopetegui. A surprise that was not taken positively by the Spanish press.
For our fellow sportsmen, the timing of the announcement of the new coach is not good and Florentino Pérez is not spared: « It was strange that Real Madrid and its president maintain a profile as low after the departure of Zidane. The club was preparing a shot, but the consequences of it could be harmful for the selection. […] Florentino Pérez and Real Madrid have exploded La Roja with this decision, which should be explained immediately. […] A meager favor to a selection that will be very, very touched before starting the World Cup « , can read in Sport.
According to the daily El Mundo and El pais, « Spain is shooting itself in the foot. Lopetegui’s decision to join Real Madrid, a few weeks after extending his contract until 2020, can be understood from a professional point of view, but the management of facts, timing and form is an irresponsibility to which the coach and the Federation are not strangers « .
« The news fell like a bombshell in the selection stage in Krasnodar. […] Even though the rumor fell a few days ago, no one thought Lopetegui was going to break his contract with the selection, « says AS.
For Mundo Deportivo « the appointment of Lopetegui also entails a great risk for Real Madrid. A bad copy of Spain at the World Cup could alert supporters and also the squad, who might wonder if Lopetegui was the ideal candidate and if things were not too hasty.