Real Madrid have been in the news for the wrong reasons in recent weeks, and rightfully so. It ultimately boils down to the decisions of the Los Blancos hierarchy which could easily pass for gambling.
Julen Lopetegui on his own part emerged as the scapegoat of the whole show. His dream of taking Spain to the 2018 World Cup in Russia after seeing them through the qualification phases was scuppered due to his decision to take the Madrid job whilst still contracted to Spain.
That was a historic opportunity that the Spaniard passed out on, and it looks like a fatal blow to his career after being booted out of the Santiago Bernabeu just a few months into his reign as Madrid boss after a very poor run of form with the side.
One might be tempted to ask the question. Who is to blame for Madrid’s poor turn out thus far this season? I’ll outrightly lay the blame on the feet of the Madrid hierarchy for turning the Bernabeu into an experimenting ground this season.
Why would they sell off a significant and massive goalscorer like Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and fail to land a suitable world class replacement considering how the other forwards had failed to live up to expectations in terms of hitting the back of the net consistently?
Why didn’t they go all out for a proven world class manager for a club of their standards, but opt for Julen Lopetegui whose antecedent at Porto was more of a disaster?
Regardless of the blame that could be laid on the Real Madrid hierarchy for the ongoing eyesore of a season the Los Merengues are having, they’ve continued to gamble with the latest appointment of Santiago Solari as interim boss.
They’ve been linked with some high profile names but have chosen to stick with Solari in a season where Madrid are currently sitting in 9th position, 7 points behind Barcelona who are already running away with the title this early.
One can only hope that the latest decision pays off. Meanwhile, Julen Lopetegui’s father Jose Antonio’s assertion that the club stole 50 goals from his son by not properly replacing Ronaldo is a fact.
It’s a fact that Madrid are missing their most prolific scorer in the last decade although many won’t admit.