Pep sad for 'friend' Lopetegui.

Pep Guardiola says he is sad for his former Barcelona team-mate and friend Julen Lopetegui after he was sacked by La Liga giants Real Madrid.

Lopetegui, who was sacked by the Spanish FA just days before the World Cup started in Russia after agreeing to join Los Blancos, was relieved of his duties at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday night after losing six of his opening 14 games.

Sunday's 5-1 El Clasico defeat was the final straw for Lopetegui and he was sent packing a day later, with Real Madrid Castilla B coach Santiago Solari taking interim charge.

When asked about Lopetegui's dismissal after Manchester City beat Tottenham 0-1 at Wembley, Guardiola told Sky Sports: "I would like to call him in the next days. I'm so disappointed, but I know what football is.

"I'm sorry for Julen because he's a friend of mine, he's an exceptional person. We played together at Barcelona, and have an amazing relationship.

"But, it is what it is football. Nobody can escape that. When you have bad results you will not continue in places like Barcelona, Madrid. You win matches in a row, or you won't have the chance to continue.

"In football and life you will have another chance. And Julen will find another chance, another place and he will show again his value, like he did in Porto and the Spanish national team.

"I wish him all the best of course."

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