Vicente Del Bosque is one of the most successful managers in Spanish football’s history and remains a revered figure in Spain despite no longer being the manager of the Spanish national side. However, Del Bosque has recently opened up about his infamous sacking by Real Madrid back in 2003 which wasn’t done in the smoothest of fashions.
Del Bosque was sacked by Los Blancos even though he won the La Liga title in his final season, and there were some unnamed individuals from the club that increased the speed of his departure.
The ex-World Cup and European Championship winning manager was in conversation with EFE Noticias, where he said, "I have nothing to reproach Real Madrid, but sometimes people let you down,"
When questioned about the current performance of his successor as Spanish manager, Julen Lopetegui, Del Bosque remained quiet. "I'll be a good ex," he said, while hinting that remaining silent would do more good to the new manager.
Further, when asked about the upcoming Madrid derby this weekend, which is one of the most anticipated games of La Liga, Del Bosque preferred to sit on the fence saying that, "It'll be a very even match."
The Madrid derby on Saturday will be a very competitive game and will be a stern test for both Zinedine Zidane and Diego Simeone, with both managers fighting to take their respective clubs to the top of La Liga.
Real have late fitness tests for Karim Benzema, Casemiro and Pepe while Atletico Madrid have Antoine Griezmann back after a slight injury scare.
Vicente Del Bosque has won it all as a manager and perhaps Real Madrid made a huge mistake in sacking him back in 2003 and the Spanish coach said earlier this year that Los Blancos would have won considerably more titles if they had stuck with him as manager,
"We had a lot of luck and some very good players in a favourable period for the club. Without being vain or arrogant, if I had continued I believe we would have won more European cups."
It is debatable that had Real Madrid stuck with Del Bosque and given him time that he would have delivered more trophies, that’s just the way Del Bosque is, and he showed his quality by winning the European Championship and the World Cup with the national side.
Del Bosque has always been blessed with some of the world’s best players and one may argue that that is the primary reason he has achieved so much success, but taking nothing away from the man, he will go down in history as one of the greatest managers in Spain.
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