Julen Lopetegui paid the price with his job after the 5-1 loss at the Camp Nou, a symptom of the bad start by Real Madrid and decisions that clashed with the club’s philosophy.

In a time of crisis, it is always the coach who is first to fall.

On this occasion, it was decided within the hierarchy at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, who had taken note of the situation, that it had reached the point that decisions must be made on certain players due to their attitude and performances.

What is clear is that the arrival of Santiago Solari will not be the only novelty and new face at the club in the coming weeks, or more specifically the first few days of 2019.

The club’s directors believes that the time has come to make decisions that may come as a surprise to many.

Those in power believe that Lopetegui was not the only culprit for the club’s disappointing start to the season.

The first step that was taken saw president Florentino Perez ask the opinion of his captain Sergio Ramos and seek his help and advice in steering the club out of crisis.

It has been a positive response but it does come in the wake of the doubts that led to a five-game winless run.

The winter market is now set to be very different at Real and the rules allow for three new arrivals to go into the squad who have already played in the Champions League this season.

Real have the money, the accounts speak of about 200 million euros in the coffers, and the desire to make unexpected changes, both in terms of arrivals and outgoings.

Don’t think that the solution will come with the arrival of Rodrygo (everything indicates that he will remain at Santos until the end of the season) or the Argentine Exequiel Palacios (River Plate want to keep him until next summer).

Their search at this time is focused on a centre-back (Mario Hermoso appears the likely candidate), a midfielder and a striker as they await Vinicius’ development. Don’t forget that the market is very different this year and that within the Bernabeu, they don’t view that as a bad thing in comparison to making winter moves in previous years.


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