The surprising resurrection of Lopetegui
Julen Lopetegui was hit by football last year, fired in a few months of the national team and Real Madrid. The first was to sign with the club of La Castellana, where
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Julen Lopetegui was hit by football last year, fired in a few months of the national team and Real Madrid. The first was to sign with the club of La Castellana, where the results soon fulfilled his great aspiration. Goodbye could not be more cruel: 5-1 at the Camp Nou against a club without Messi . "We didn't have time," he said months later, in the only regret he could hear, elegant with the white team and convinced that with a little more patience things would have worked out well for him at the Bernabéu.
The perfect storm led him ahead, in a tearful group of Cristiano Ronaldo , exhausted after a historical cycle, dry before the goal and with the embrace of bad luck that usually sprouts in these situations. The Basque coach does not forget the shot to the post of Modric in the second part of the classic, in the middle of a pundonorous reaction of his. He went from touching the 2-2 to the win in a few minutes. The ball fell on the bad side, pure Match Point .
«In victory or defeat, face will come out or cross will come out. But we always put everything and we always believe and we are always a team! Come on, congratulations ». The euphoric message is from the preparer last Sunday, after debuting winning the Espanyol 0-2 in Cornellá . Taking the points at the premiere is a stream of relief for anyone, especially for benches monitored with magnifying glass. This was the sevillista because of the presence of a coach who finished 2018 with a very bad body. In addition, his controversial departure from the national team heading to Madrid made him a national villain for many of the Spanish football fans. And it is not Nervión's in recent years the most affectionate with the white giant.
In his presentation with the Andalusian club, he still had to deal with some rough question about his dismissal at the gates of the World Cup. «There was no fright because they stopped me from the national team, and in Madrid they didn't give us time. We left when we could still have won everything, but football doesn't have time. That happened and now I am in Seville and we want to make this club win everything, ”said a technician as convinced of his methods as hard on convictions, according to his collaborators.
«Its keys are the requirement, the confidence in the team, its methodology and the vision and analysis of the situation, as well as the mental and emotional work, always from the dialogue with the dressing room and the club», reviews Juan Carlos Campillo, psychologist and professional coach who Lopetegui has been with for a long time. Also in Real Madrid they recognize that their share of responsibility in that poor start to the season was limited, paying the stress that a bad streak always causes.
Precisely in Pizjuán (3-0) , a fatal crisis crowned at the Camp Nou originated. Against him weighed the losses and the management he made of the young Vinicius . In his favor was the feeling of not having had room for a modern and intense system that worked in the selection.
After a few months of rest, more lively than his recent experience might suggest, he continued studying football while waiting for offers. He looked at England until Monchi , the sports director of Seville, called him. The Spanish guru had thought about José Bordalás , the coach of the revelation team of last season (Getafe), but he opted for a more unexpected option. Lopetegui did not hesitate. That an important shield of the League was interested in him confirmed his good sign, despite the blows of 2018. “He is loyal to his principles and values,” says Campillo.
In Cornellá, Sevilla took last Sunday the victory with forcefulness and solidity, without the need for violins. This Friday visit Granada, with the tail wind of the good league debut. «This has just begun. You have barely traveled a kilometer of a marathon of 38 matches, ”recalls the coach.
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