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Real Madrid set to sack Lopetegui with Conte tipped to take over

Real Madrid set to sack Julen Lopetegui on Monday night with ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte tipped to take over at the Bernabeu

  • Real Madrid suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat by Barcelona in Sunday’s El Clasico
  • The result leaves Madrid ninth in La Liga and caps a difficult start to the season
  • Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is the favourite to assume the hot seat  

Real Madrid are expected to sack Julen Lopetegui on Monday evening with former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte the favourite to take over.

Madrid directors will meet 24 hours after watching the side capitulate at the Camp Nou, losing 5-1 and sliding to ninth in the table.

Conte is the overwhelming choice to replace the current Real Madrid coach who was left without the support of club president Florentino Perez on Sunday.

Julen Lopetegui is set to be sacked on Monday following Real Madrid's defeat in El Clasico 

Julen Lopetegui is set to be sacked on Monday following Real Madrid’s defeat in El Clasico 

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona humiliated Real Madrid 5-1 at the Nou Camp

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona humiliated Real Madrid 5-1 at the Nou Camp

Perez is understood to have left the Camp Nou without speaking to his coach or going down to the dressing room to face the players.

Real Madrid understand Conte is due back in Europe on Monday after family holidays in Africa.

Madrid have to play in Africa in the Spanish Cup on Wednesday after they were drawn to play third tier side Melilla (based in North Africa) in a Copa del Rey first leg. They could opt to send a caretaker coach to the cup game with a view to having a new man in charge for the visit of Valladolid next weekend.

Current B-team coach Santiago Solari could step in for the game against Melilla although he does not have the backing of the first team squad to take the job long term.

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is the favourite to take over at the Bernabeu

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is the favourite to take over at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid manager Lopetegui said he was sad but not resigned to losing his job on Sunday

Real Madrid manager Lopetegui said he was sad but not resigned to losing his job on Sunday

Real Madrid have picked up one point from their last five league games and Spanish paper El Mundo reported on Sunday night that such is the disarray at the club that Lopetegui’s chief analyst Antolín Gonzalo, seated close to the press box at the Camp Nou, could be seen banging his head against his laptop in the first few minutes of the game. 

A reaction perhaps to the way no sooner had the match started than Jordi Alba was free to run down the left wing with no one tracking him.

Alba would eventually cross for the opening goal as Barcelona moved seven points clear of Madrid with the win.

 


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