Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos sent out a classy tweet following the sacking of manager Julen Lopetegui.
The former Spain boss endured a dire first four-and-a-half months in charge of Los Blancos, winning just six games out of 14.
Real currently sit in ninth place after their worst ever start to a season since 2001/02, with Sunday's 5-1 El Clasico thumping inflicted by Barcelona proving to be the final straw for Zinedine Zidane's replacement, whose dismissal was confirmed by the club in an official statement on Monday evening.
Comunicado Oficial. #RealMadridhttps://t.co/zLNpJepnph
- Real Madrid C.F.:soccer: (@realmadrid) October 29, 2018
The players and manager should both take blame for the dismal run of form and Kroos summed things up well on social media with a nice message thanking Lopetegui despite things not working out.
The biggest defeat for players is when the coach has to go," he wrote on Twitter.
"Especially in this case because he is a great coach and great person. Thanks Julen!"
The biggest defeat for players is when the coach has to go. Especially in this case because he is a great coach and great person. Thanks Julen! pic.twitter.com/VRhWVcfpKa- Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) October 30, 2018
Unlike when Zinedine Zidane left, it doesn't look like too many Real players have reacted to Lopetegui's sacking but fair play to Kroos for his words.
Santiago Solari will be taking temporarily charge of Los Blancos, starting with the Copa Del Rey fixture against Melilla tomorrow evening.
Solari, who joined Real as a player from rivals Atletico in 2000 and went on to win the Champions League and two La Liga titles, was previously working as manager of the club's Castilla side.
He is the "provisional replacement", though there are strong rumours that former Chelsea and Juventus boss Antonio Conte will become the permanent manager at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, club captain Sergio Ramos does not seem to be keen on working with the Italian.
"Respect is earned, it is not imposed. Neither a name nor another," the Spaniard said, as per the Daily Star.
"We have won everything with coaches that you already know, in the end the management of the players is more important than the technical knowledge of a coach."
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