Real Madrid would begin their post Lopetegui era today by playing away to Melilla UD in the Spanish Copa Del Ray. The European champions have been on a 5 matches losing streak in the domestic league with the most recent being the 5-1 capitulation at the hands of their El- Classico rival, FC Barcelona.
This made their board of directors take a unanimous decision to part ways with the former Spain National team coach, Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked on the eve of the just concluded FIFA World cup tournament in Russia.
The Los Blancos captain, Sergio Ramos, who has been an integral member of the Real Madrid squad in the last decade called on his team mates during a training exercise and asked them to take up the responsibility of turning the club’s fortune around.
What he said below:
We’re aware and feel responsible for this situation. But this is no time to talk, it’s time to act. Today’s the first step
Premier League Reveals When Fans Will Return To Stadium
The Premier League has said it is optimistic that “we will see fans back in the stadiums next season”. However, the crowds are likely to return “on a phased basis”.
Football will resume on June 17, following a three-month shut down because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Games will be played behind closed doors at venues yet to be decided.
Masters also disclosed that some of the remaining matches in this season’s competition could be played at neutral venues. However, a decision on that will be reached by the end of next week.
English Premier League Set To Resume June 17
The English Premier League (EPL) season is set to resume on June 17, with games between Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United.
According to reports, the matches are the two games in hand before a complete fixture list would then be played from June 19 to 21.
Recall that on Wednesday, all the 20 clubs in the league vote unanimously to begin contact training.
Germany’s Bundesliga resumed earlier this month and La Liga in Spain hopes to return from June 11.
No matches have been played since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9.
Man Utd Manager, Solskjaer Hopes Ighalo Will Stay With Team
Former Super Eagles forward, Ighalo, was signed from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January, but his short-term deal expires at the end of May.
Despite United’s interest in extending Ighalo’s stay, Shanghai is reportedly keen for him to return to China for the start of their season.
“The loan deal went to the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back,” Solskjaer said.
“We’re in dialogue and hopefully (he can stay). They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allow him to play for his dream club. It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, maybe with a trophy or two. But at the moment nothing’s been agreed yet. Their league is going to start soon so we are just waiting to see.”
Ighalo scored four goals in three starts and made eight appearances in total for United.
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