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Lopetegui Clings To Job After Barca Rout

Real Madrid could soon be on the lookout for a new manager after Sunday’s humiliating Clasico defeat at Barcelona. Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal scored either side of a Luis Suarez hat-trick to give the league leaders a 5-1 victory at Camp Nou and deepen the crisis surrounding Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui.

Just four months after he was sacked by Spain in the build-up to the World Cup, Lopetegui is on the brink of being relieved of his duties once again. Sunday’s loss was their fourth in 10 league games and leaves them 10th in La Liga, seven points adrift of their great rivals.

The summer departures of both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo were always going to be tough for Real to come to terms with, but they have struggled far more than anyone could have expected in the opening months of the season.

They are out to a best price of 6/1* with William Hill to win the league this season, while the betting is intense about who will replace Lopetegui should he be sacked.

Antonio Conte, a free agent since leaving Chelsea in the summer, is the market leader with Paddy Power quoting best odds of just 8/15* on Sunday evening. Other candidates include Santi Solari, Arsene Wenger and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

*All odds quoted are subject to change