Lopetegui is a victim, not the culprit

21 Oct 2018
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It was said here before, and I’m sorry to repeat it, but Julen Lopetegui was cannon fodder after terrible planning by Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Levante ended the match as winners in what could be his last on the Madrid bench.

Yes, it is hard not to dismiss a coach in a run of bad results and some of them have not been acceptable.

In these highly toxic moments, the ball will not enter the goal and the coach is primarily responsible.

The story was set up like this, and they already know that this is one of their weakest links in the chain.

Observers should not be fooled – there are other details to repair.

Real Madrid lost their greatest scorer and didn’t reinforce the squad, though that could be resolved in 2019 with the planned assault on Neymar, Florentino Perez’s obsessive dream.

But Los Blancos will not understand their future should they lose that pursuit and the future transitions and plans will be up in the air.

Madrid are about victory. Madrid is today, not tomorrow. And this Madrid without Ronaldo have been doing very badly.

Florentino Perez could not keep Zidane and thought that progressing with the young players was enough.

Sevilla warned him to sign a striker and Mariano arrived, but there was no replacement for Mateo Kovacic.

A goalkeeper came in without being summoned by Lopetegui and he was not listened to during the summer when he wanted reinforcements in the midfield.

It was already known that players would find the season difficult because of the World Cup.

Conclusion: Madrid have been weakening in recent years and now have become a team that loses must-win games when they previously won games that they should lose.

The simple thing is to point to Lopetegui, but it is more fair to think of him as a victim and not a culprit.

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