It is said that Real Madrid is considering firing coach Julen Lopetegui just three months after he took charge under sensational circumstances, and Sunday's clash against the Clásico with Barcelona could be decisive for his future.
The Lopetegui was named a contender before the World Cup and entrusted Zinedine Zidane, a three-time champion of the Champions League, has fallen far short of the French's incredibly high standards.
A tough stage started prematurely when Spain fired him two days before his first World Cup match for agreeing a move to Santiago Bernabeu, and his first competitive game in charge, saw the European champions beat 4-2 at his rivals Atlético de Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
Although Madrid finished a five-game winless race against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday, Lopetegui could be fired if Madrid loses at Camp Nou against LaLiga's leaders, Barça.
Having received the unenviable job of facing a busy schedule in the preseason, we evaluated the things that absolutely have not been submitted to plan for the 52 years of age.
GALACTICS THAT MISS A GUIDED STAR
With Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale openly discussing the possible movements immediately after the Champions League final, Lopetegui needed to find a solution with the two players that would work in favor of Madrid.
In a coup that seems defined to define a brief mandate, Ronaldo retired before the reign of Lopetegui was under way. A transfer to Juventus left Madrid without its talisman and with few options in the front.
Bale impressed initially, but family injury issues once again hampered the advance of Wales, leaving Lopetegui below first-class attack options, as Isco has also been left out after undergoing surgery. appendix.
ZIZOU FALTAN'S LIEUTENESS OF TRUST
Keylor Navas and Karim Benzema seemed to be popular with Zidane despite not being convincing, but Lopetegui would have expected to be able to rely on consistency from the key men like Toni Kroos, Marcelo and captain Sergio Ramos.