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Lopetegui will be a ‘great coach’ for Real Madrid – Isco

first_imgReal Madrid Lopetegui will be a ‘great coach’ for Real Madrid – Isco Josh Challies 22:10 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Isco cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Isco Spain World Cup Primera División Having been dramatically sacked from the national team, the former Porto boss is set to receive a warm welcome at Santiago Bernabeu Spain ace Isco is thrilled by Real Madrid’s appointment of Julen Lopetegui, following his controversial departure from the Spanish national side last week just a day before the World Cup began.Lopetegui’s decision to move to the Santiago Bernabeu despite recently signing an extension with the national team led to a swift departure, with Fernando Hierro taking the helm days before the start of the tournament in Russia.Spain’s dramatic few days off the field caught the headlines and there was similar excitement surrounding their opening game at the World Cup, where Cristiano Ronaldo’s late free-kick saw Portugal snatch a point off the 2010 winners. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move While the situation has seen some criticism of Lopetegui, Isco says he’s happy to see the former national coach take charge of the European champions.”He’s a coach who I’ve known for many years; we worked together right the way up the Spain set-up. He’s given me confidence when I haven’t been enjoying a central role at my club, and he’s a great coach,” he told a press conference on Monday.Spain have not won their opening game at a World Cup since 2006 and will look for improvements in their upcoming matches in Group B against Iran and Morocco, and Isco believes last week’s incidents have brought the squad closer together.”This team has so much heart, pride and desire to do well,” he added. “When the tough gets going, we rise to the challenge. We were dealt a setback and the team got on with it.”Even when we conceded a goal in the third minute [against Portugal] we refused to go under. This team never gives up.”last_img read more

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