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