Three La Liga home defeats at the Bernabeu within a fortnight, including one to arch-rivals Barcelona last weekend, have put immense pressure on Los Blancos coach Santiago Solari. This follows a bleak season in which the Madrid giants have trailed behind not just Barcelona (who with 60 points on the La Liga table look unassailable), but also to city rivals Atletico by a clear 5 points. At the 3rd place with 48 points, the La Liga crown seems well beyond grasp of the Spanish & European champions. Solari was left licking his wounds further with a semi-final elimination in the Copa Del Rey in late-February and after last weekend's 0-1 loss to Barca the cries for his ouster from Bernabeu have grown shriller.
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The name doing the rounds in Madrid presently is that of Jose Mourinho, who was considered by Real president Florentino Perez when Solari's predecessor Julen Lopetegui was sacked in October.
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon sent fans in a tizzy when he twitted: “I have the feeling and something more, that next season Jose Mourinho will sit on the bench at Real Madrid”.
Another name linked to Bernabeu is Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and there are still strong rumors of the Spurs' manager taking over reins in the 2019-20 season.
Many reports had touted current Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp as Zinedine Zidane's successor when the Frenchman resigned last year. It's been learnt that the Real Madrid think-tanks are reportedly still monitoring the German's progress in Anfield and given his stellar performance in the UEFA Champions League last season and the English Premier League in the ongoing one, Klopp would probably very much be on top of the Spanish club's shopping list.
Joachim Low, the coach of the German national side, is another name being considered, it seems, to take over at Bernabeu. Having steered his side to the World Cup title in Brazil 5 years ago, Low still remains one of the most respected coaching names in the world despite Germany's poor show in Russia 2018. The 59-year-old had inherited arguably the worst Germany national team from Jurgen Klinsmann in 2006 and transformed them into one of the most feared teams in the world.
Los Blancos president Perez had even sought to lure Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri a year back, but the advent of Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin thwarted any such move. The 51-year old Allegri has his eyes on the European crown and is backing on a player like Ronaldo to achieve that. But as things stand, Juventus are on the brink of elimination from the UEFA Champions League unless Ronaldo, Mandzukic & co. can conjure up some magic in the return game in Turin against Atletico Madrid on the night of March 5th.
Some of the other big names that could be in the reckoning have been mentioned below.
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