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Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez ‘wanted to SACK Julen Lopetegui’

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez ‘wanted to SACK manager Julen Lopetegui after storming away from his box’ during Viktoria Plzen win

  • Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wanted to sack Julen Lopetegui
  • Perez was furious after another lacklustre display in the win over Viktoria Plzen
  • He had stormed away from his box at the Bernabeu in order to sack him then 
  • The president had to be cooled down by members of the club’s top brass

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wanted to sack Julen Lopetegui during the Champions League clash against Viktoria Plzen and had to be convinced otherwise by club officials after storming away from his balcony.

Perez was furious after watching his side hang on to a 2-1 win over the Czech minnows this week, a result which followed a calamitous run over five games without a victory.

It was certainly another sub-par performance from the Champions League holders and, according to Spanish outlet Sport, Perez was hellbent on sacking Lopetegui immediately after the match.

Furious Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez was  wanted to sack Julen Lopetegui on Tuesday

Furious Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez was wanted to sack Julen Lopetegui on Tuesday

It came after Lopetegui's men churned out another poor performance against Viktoria Plzen

It came after Lopetegui’s men churned out another poor performance against Viktoria Plzen

Perez left his executive box and made a beeline for the manager but El Confidencial report that general Real director Jose Angel Sanchez and other executives were forced to intervene.

They convinced the club president the timing was not right just days before Los Blancos face off against Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday.

It is understood that Perez holds Sanchez in high esteem and the intervention is the reason Lopetegui is still in the job.

Los Blancos salvaged the win but Perez wanted to sack manager Lopetegui there and then

Los Blancos salvaged the win but Perez wanted to sack manager Lopetegui there and then

After Perez was calmed down, Real thought it best to allow club director Emilio Butragueno to handle the media duties.

Asked directly: ‘Will Lopetegui be sat on the bench at the Camp Nou?’ Butragueno answered: ‘Yes, yes, everything is totally normal. We have to stay calm and united.’

Real face fierce rivals Barcelona at the Nou Camp this Sunday.

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