Julien Lopetegui was sacked by Real Madrid in the aftermath of the 5-1 humiliation at the hands of rivals Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
The result left the European Champions in the tenth position, seven points adrift of the leaders Barcelona. Former manager Lopetegui was sacked after just 14 competitive games (10 in La Liga , 1 UEFA Super Cup and 3 in Champions League). Real Madrid won just 6 of their 14 games with Lopetegui in charge. Former Argentina international Santiago Solari has been named as the caretaker manager for the Los Blancos. However, former Brazil and Barcelona forward Rivaldo feels Solari will have a rather tough time at the Bernabeu.
“Despite being in the same situation as Zidane I am not expecting the same successful transition to be repeated,” the Brazilian said in an event held by Betfair. “With all due respect to Solari’s work, he does not seem to be good enough right now to become the permanent coach of Real Madrid.
He will be there only one or two games, sooner or later Madrid will come to an agreement with a new coach. Right now Solari is a good choice as he knows the club and players, but nevertheless I don’t think he will stay a long time because he is still not ready.”
Former Chelsea and Italy boss Antonio Conte is among the front-runners to grab the vacant spot on a permanent basis. Speaking about Conte, Rivaldo said, “Bringing in a coach with discipline could be useful, since the players may have relaxed too much after all the success of the last few seasons. He is an experienced coach and a good option for Madrid.”