Former Spain National Team manager Julen Lopetegui has agreed to become Real Madrid’s new coach after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Lopetegui, who managed one La Liga appearance for Real Madrid during his tenure with the club, has signed a three-year-deal at Real, per The Guardian.
The Spaniard has had success in every management position he’s held, but his most significant achievement has been taking over the Spanish National Team for Vincent Del Bosque and leading them to a 20 game win streak.
The move shows that Madrid was looking for two traits in their pursuit of their next manager: someone associated with La Liga and Real Madrid, as well as someone who can manage the prominent personalities that come with players at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Julen Lopetegui won’t take over and make sweeping changes to the club, formations will stay the same, and most of the Galacticos will keep their starting positions.
It’s a safe appointment by President Florentino Perez, showing Real is indeed a national team of their own: few tactical changes every game, managing egos, and depending on stars to win games.
Los Blancos have spent the last two and a half years under a manager who was capable of performing those duties exceptionally well, and Lopetegui has managed to do the same with his National Team.
He benefits from having a few of his Spanish players in the Real Madrid line-ups, such as Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio, and Isco.
His appointment could see a Real squad heavy with Spanish starters which could spark even more rumors surrounding Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Overall, we can still expect Real Madrid to compete in all competitions. It will prove to be a much less chaotic appointment than Rafa Benitez in 2015/2016; very little cultural change is required.