Julen Lopetegui’s dad criticises Real Madrid for selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus as Los Blancos prepare to sack manager

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Lopetegui's father, Jose Antonio, suggested that allowing Ronaldo to leave and not getting in a replacement is the main reason for Los Blancos' poor start to the season

Julen Lopetegui’s father has accused Real Madrid of setting his son up for failure as manager by not finding a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former Spain coach is on the verge of being dismissed as Los Blancos boss after their humiliating 5-1 defeat at Barcelona in the first Clasico of the season.

Real Madrid were outplayed by their bitter rivals

Real Madrid were outplayed by their bitter rivals

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Madrid’s board are set to confirm the sacking imminently with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte the likely candidate to succeed Lopetegui.

The Champions League holders are ninth in LaLiga having won just four of their first ten matches, scoring a mere 14 goals in the process.

It’s clear Real are struggling without Ronaldo, who completed his £99.2m to Juventus in the summer, and Lopetegui’s father, Jose Antonio echoed this idea.

Real Madrid’s inability to replace Ronaldo has cost Lopetegui, according to the manager’s father

Real Madrid’s inability to replace Ronaldo has cost Lopetegui, according to the manager’s father

“Cristiano Ronaldo was good,” Jose Antonio said.

“Was he cocky? We all have defects, but it turns out he scored 50 goals a season. He is missing. You are missing a prominent goalscorer. They haven’t brought one, not a single one.

“There was talk of Neymar and others, but no one came. They have stolen 50 goals from my son. He has to settle with what he has and don’t get me wrong, he is delighted with the players he has.

“He usually says: ‘I have great people, they give everything they’ve got.’ He doesn’t blame the players. But when there is no material, there isn’t. There was but he left.”

Lopetegui reportedly said his goodbyes to the Real Madrid players after the game

Lopetegui reportedly said his goodbyes to the Real Madrid players after the game

Being sacked by Madrid will cap off a hectic few months for Lopetegui, who was dramatically dismissed as Spain coach just two days before La Roja’s first game of the 2018 World Cup after it emerged he accepted an offer from the European giants without first consulting the Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales that talks took place.

He was unveiled as Madrid’s new coach at the Bernabeu a day later, saying: “Yesterday was the saddest day of my life, but today is the happiest.”

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