Sergio Ramos Says Real Madrid Would Be ‘Crazy’ to Sack Julen Lopetegui After Poor Start to Season

​Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has said the club would be crazy to part company with Julen Lopetegui so early in the new manager’s tenure, after the side lost 1-0 to Alaves in La Liga this weekend.

 A 3-0 defeat to Sevilla at the end of last month kicked off a poor run, which featured a 0-0 draw with Atletico and a Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow, before the defeat to Alaves ensured Real went four games without scoring in all competitions, and heaped pressure on Lopetegui and the club.

Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander

​Ramos, however, says that a change of coach would help nothing, and patience is required if the club are to hit the heights they did under Zinedine Zidane.

“Sometimes it is better to change coach and sometimes it isn’t, but it is too early talk about that and it is not a decision that is in the hands of the players,” Ramos told ​Marca.


“Other people make those decisions, but it is never good to have a coaching change, it would be crazy.

“We are the first to know that we can do more to improve and that’s what we want to do, we are all aware of it.

“Anyone who writes ​Real Madrid off will be wrong in the long run. Patience.”

Lopetegui was relieved of his duties as Spain manager before the World Cup after agreeing to take over at Real, and the early days of his time in charge were dominated by departure of ​Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for ​Juventus having just won three successive Champions Leagues in Madrid. 

Many have blamed Los Blancos’ lack of recent goals on Ronaldo’s absence, but Ramos was quick to dispel this, adding: “Maybe now people are talking about Cristiano Ronaldo more because he isn’t here anymore.

“But remember we also had a goal crisis when he was here, the goals will come back.”