One of the reasons why this sport generates so much anticipation around it is none other than how its fate can become capricious. Players and coaches who come and go from one country to another, not knowing that in the not too distant future the ball will make them reunite with former teammates, with hobbies that idolized them or coaches that made their lives impossible. Football always gives you second chances, but what you never know is when or how and that’s why it’s best to always be prepared. This is the case of Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui, who was expelled from the Spanish national team days before the start of the World Cup in Russia. He lost his place as a coach due to the urgency to find a coach of a Florentino Perez who had been left planted by Zidane after winning the thirteenth Champions League in Kiev.
The Basque’s adventure as a white coach ended just as quickly as it began. And with the patch of Solari in the middle, the white president got the return of coach of the three orelludes consecutive. Now, Julen Lopetegui is seeing the faces again with the coach he replaced but who, months later, would replace him. This Saturday Real Madrid visit Sánchez Pizjuán (4pm, Movistar LaLiga).
The most curious thing about this reunion is the scenario in which it occurs. A Sevilla as the brand new champion of the Europa League and already qualified for the second phase of the Champions League against a Real Madrid turned into a birthday party pineapple where anyone can make it pop with their eyes closed. He Shakhtar and Alavès, the last two teams to achieve this, and, as a result, leaving Zinedine Zidane on the canvas of the ring on the verge of defeat by KO.
However, it is precisely in these life or death situations when the French coach is able to bring out the best in his men to save him from an almost inevitable death. It happened at the Camp Nou and in the two crucial matches against Inter Milan, or, what is the same, the three most demanding matches that have been presented to him. As if the Madrid coach was a mix between Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer in solving matchballs against like no one else. Sánchez Pizjuán is waiting for a Lopetegui rubbing his hands and thinking about his contribution to sinking the white ship a little more.
At the press conference prior to the battle of Seville, Zidane spoke about the situation he is going through: “It is probably the most difficult situation I have faced. Criticisms always come in difficult times. We have an opportunity to prove that we are a great team “, said the Frenchman. The whites will also have to face the match with the casualties in defense that have dragged in recent games, including the highlight of captain Sergio Ramos.