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Spanish Press Hammers Real Madrid Over Lopetegui Sacking

The fallout of Julen Lopetegui’s sacking as Real Madrid raged on in the Spanish papers on Tuesday morning, with the club coming in for fierce criticism.

Lopetegui was sacked after a disastrous 5-1 El Clasico defeat on Sunday afternoon to compound a dreadful start to the season.

That result left Real languishing in ninth, seven points behind Barcelona at the top of the table and trailing the likes of Levante and Real Valladolid.

The appointment of Lopetegui appeared doomed from the beginning, after he was sacked as Spain manager days before the start of the World Cup in the summer after accepting the role in what was a disastrous PR move for president Florentino Perez.

And the Real chief has been the focus of much condemnation for his reckless actions, which have lead the Champions League holders to this low point.

Sport hit the newsstands on Tuesday with the headline ‘Out of Control’, alongside a picture of Perez with his head in his hands.

Marca, however, were a lot more forthcoming with their put down of the situation.

They lambasted the ‘stuffy’ and ’embarrassing’ statement released by the club, saying that the sacking had been carried out in a terrible way.

They slammed the clubs for their ‘grotesque allusions’ in pinning the blame on Lopetegui, despite boasting a team including eight Ballon d’Or nominees.

They also held the club to account for the lack of self-awareness in the mistakes they had made in creating the situation.

The club statement released on Monday night read: ‘The board understands that there is a great difference between the quality of the Real Madrid squad, that has eight players nominated for the Ballon d’Or, unprecedented in the history of the club, and the results achieved until now. We are grateful to Lopetegui and his staff and wish them the best in their professional career.’

Mundo Deportivo simply went with the headline ‘Fulminado’ – alluding to the stormy situation at the Bernabeu.

Perhaps not surprisingly the focus in the Real-leaning AS was more upbeat, focusing on the new man in the hotseat Santiago Solari.