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By Chineze Ogugua

UEFA Champions League defending champions, Real Madrid has sacked Julen Lopetegui after their disappointing 5-1 defeat to Barcelona at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Julen Lopetegui

Real Madrid have had a terrible start to the 2018-19 season including going 6 games in La Liga without a win and four games without a goal.

Lopetegui has been under pressure for weeks now and, having won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions, the board has finally decided to act by terminating his contract.

The 52-year-old boss was appointed as Madrid’s new manager just before the World Cup back in June, which cost him his position as Spain’s head coach for the tournament.

Los Blancos started the season quite strongly but, after a 1-0 defeat against Alaves on October 6, things began to unravel for Lopetegui and his team have underperformed ever since.

Meanwhile, reserve-team manager Santiago Solari will take over the reins until an agreement can be reached between Real Madrid and Chelsea over the appointment of Antonio Conte as there are currently difficulties regarding the Italian’s release clause with the London club.

Read also: Spain Sacks Julen Lopetegui Day 1 After Real Madrid Appointment

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