Real Madrid sacked coach Julen Lopetegui three months into his first season in charge after the Spanish giants were beaten by arch-rivals Barcelona at the weekend, the European champions said on Monday. Real have failed to win in La Liga since beating Espanyol on September 22, losing to Sevilla, Alaves, Levante and drawing with Atletico Madrid before Sunday’s 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona. Former player and reserve team boss Santiago Solari has been put in caretaker charge after negotiations between the club and former Chelsea, Italy and Juventus boss Antonio Conte broke down on Monday, the club said. “The Real Madrid board met today and decided to renounce coach Julen Lopetegui’s contract with the club. The board feels there has been a disproportionate difference between the squad Real possesses ... and the results obtained until now.” Lopetegui has now lost two jobs in under five months as he was also fired by the Spanish Football Federation as coach of the national team...

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