English Premiership

Guardiola: Lopetegui sacking shows volatility of football

2018-10-30 12:24
Pep Guardiola (Supplied)
Pep Guardiola (Supplied)

Cape Town - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed that Real Madrid's sacking of Julen Lopetegui has shown that no football coach's job is safe.

Guardiola, who considers Lopetegui a friend, having played alongside him at Barcelona, also revealed his intention to give Lopetegui a call.

"Football, I know what it is: we are still here because we win games, if we don't win we will be sacked," the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said at a news conference following City's 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

"I'm sorry for Julen because he's a friend of mine. He's an exceptional person."

Despite his affection for Lopetegui, Guardiola conceded that his results were not good enough for a Real Madrid coach.

"It is what it is. It's football, nobody escapes that," he said. "When you have bad results, you will not continue in big, big places like Barcelona or Madrid ... I wish him all the best."

Real Madrid have yet to announce a permanent successor to Lopetegui, although Antonio Conte is reportedly the frontrunner. For the time being, they will play under the guidance of caretaker coach Santiago Solari.


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