Carvajal: « Lopetegui is the best coach I’ve ever had »
Dani Carvajal has portrayed previous Real Madrid mentor Julen Lopetegui as the « best coach » he has ever worked with.
The Spain international defender, who is currently out with a calf injury, gave an interview with Spanish state broadcaster TVE amid which he showered adulate on Lopetegui, who was sacked from his job at the Bernabéu in October only four months in the wake of succeeding Zinedine Zidane.
And despite the successes Carvajal enjoyed under the Frenchman during his two and a half season tenure at Real Madrid, the full back has singled out Lopetegui as the most compelling coach he has played under.
“For me he is the best coach I have ever had but unfortunately he didn’t have that little bit of luck when he was with us,” Carvajal said. “His way of looking at football, of dealing with the squad, of being there for the players… that is something I share, it’s the manner in which I see football also.
I said it before he was Real Madrid coach and I’ll say it again now that he’s gone. What’s more, until the point when I go over somebody who for me is superior to him, I’ll continue saying it. »
The Spain full back has played under eight managers during his senior career at club and international level: Alberto Toril (RM Castilla), Sami Hyypia (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid), Vicente del Bosque (Spain), Rafa Benítez (Real Madrid), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid), Luis Enrique (Spain) and Julen Lopetegui (Spain and Real Madrid).