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“One of the Best Coaches in Europe” – Sacked by Al Nassr After Cristiano Ronaldo Row, Rudi Garcia Backed to Stop Manchester City’s Champions League Title Defense

Published 06/19/2023, 11:30 AM EDT

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Al Nassr gave marching orders to Rudi Garcia in April. It came after a series of poor results that saw Al-Alami out of contention for trophies. The decision surprised many. Meanwhile, reports emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t happy with the manager.

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Also, there were altercations between the players and Garcia in the dressing room. It resulted in the club taking drastic steps. With his appointment as the new Napoli manager, his former assistant praised Garcia and backed him to achieve his biggest dream. 

Former colleague backs Rudi Garcia to achieve Champions League dream


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The one team that impressed many this season was Napoli. The Italian giants won the Scudetto after 33 years, and the coach Luciano Spalletti played a crucial role in the success. However, in a surprising turn of events, Spalletti announced he was leaving the club after guiding them to Serie A. Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis was soon on the market to find the right candidate.

After a series of talks with several candidates, Laurentiis decided to go with Rudi Garcia. The 59-year-old knows the Italian league well. He had a three-year stint with Napoli rivals AS Roma. The three-time French Manager of the Year winner also coached Lille, Marseille, and Lyon. After a disappointing spell at Al Nassr, his former assistant at Roma backs him for success with SSC Napoli. 


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Frederic Bompard was in the dugout with Rudi Garcia during his Roma spell. Bompard spoke to the French outlet L’Equipe recently and praised Garcia. He said, “Rudi is one of the best coaches in Europe. When I saw that Spalletti was leaving, I immediately thought that the Napoli president would take him. He always liked him. It was inevitable.” 

“Rudi dreams of winning the Champions League, and there, I believe he can succeed. The time has come for him. Something tells me he will win it with Napoli,” Bompard said while speaking of Rudi Garcia’s dream, who had to leave Al Nassr under the influence of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo was unhappy with Rudi Garcia

A few Al Nassr performances left five-time Ballon d’Or frustrated. Ronaldo let know his frustrations to the hierarchy, especially after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Al-Feiha. The Spanish outlet AS claimed he was unhappy with then-manager Rudi Garcia and the club sided with Ronaldo.


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Another Spanish outlet Marca reported the altercations between the dressing room and the French manager. It was the final straw, and Al Nassr parted ways with Garcia after they understood the club was going trophyless this season. The Frenchman is ready to embark on his second Italian adventure, and time will tell whether he succeeds.


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Written by:

Nikhil Nibe


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Nikhil is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports, having written over 450 articles that showcase his expertise and love for the beautiful game. With a passion for soccer that spans over two decades, Nikhil is well-versed in covering core sports articles. As a die-hard fan of Real Madrid, Nikhil understands the importance of team spirit and the unwavering support of fans in changing the course of a game.
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