Pep Guardiola reacts to Real Madrid sacking Julen Lopetegui


It came as no real surprise to football fans that Real Madrid decided to sack manager Julen Lopetegui after just 10 league games.

Madrid have had a torrid start to the season this year, despite winning their opening three La Liga matches.

Since those three opening wins, Madrid have suffered five league defeats, and the most recent one coming at the hands of rivals Barcelona.

Barcelona hammered the current Champions League holders 5-1 at the Camp Nou, with striker Luis Suarez notching a hat-trick in the absence of Lionel Messi.

With Madrid sitting in ninth place in the league, winning just four games this season, Lopetegui was sacked.

Guardiola on Lopetegui's Madrid departure 

One manager not struggling for form is Pep Guardiola, as his Manchester City side sit top of the Premier League, joint with Liverpool on 26 points, leading on goal difference.

After City edged out a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Wembley yesterday (October 29) Guardiola commented on Madrid’s decision to sack his ‘friend’ Lopetegui.

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

“Football I know what it is, we still here because we win games, if we don’t win we will be sacked,” Guardiola said.

“I’m sorry for Julen because he’s a friend of mine. He’s an exceptional person. We played together at Barcelona and have an amazing relation.

“I want to call him in the next few days. ‘It is what it is. It’s football, nobody escapes that. When you have bad results you will not continue in big, big places like Barcelona or Madrid.

“You either win in a row or don’t have the chance to continue. But in football you’ll have another chance.

"Julen will have another chance to show his value again, like he did with Porto and the national team with Spain. I wish him all the best, of course.”

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