5 Interesting facts about Real Madrid’s new manager: Julen Lopetegui
#4 Spanish Revolution at Estadio do Dragao
Lopetegui’s first major managerial role came at Porto. His spell in Portugal wouldn’t inspire most Real Madrid fans, as the club equalized its biggest defeat in European competitions, a comprehensive 6-1 loss to Bayern Munich. Surprisingly, the club did not manage to win a single domestic honour during Lopetegui’s season and a half at Estadio do Dragao.
Perhaps less surprising was the nationality of his signings. Lopetegui brought in seven Spanish players in his first transfer window alone, including the likes of Adrian, Oliver Torres (both from Atletico Madrid) and Christian Tello (Barcelona) as well as securing the services of Casemiro on loan from Real Madrid.
In the following season, the Spanish manager surprised the fans by bringing in Spain and Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas to Estadio do Dragao.
His transfer record at Porto was pretty average, although he brought in and developed youngsters like Brahimi and Casemiro, the latter in particular has gone on to become a vital cog in an all-conquering Real Madrid team.