Santiago Solari is the chosen one. At least, after Zinedine Zidane surprisingly left in May, a series of coaches hit Real Madrid in the summer and Christmas Lopetegui was dismissed last month.
Argentina is in charge of full time now, confirmed the club Tuesday night, which led Los Blancos to four wins of four in his short spelling as interim manager.
Victories over Melilla, Valladolid, Viktoria Plzen and Celta Vigo convinced the powers of Santiago Bernabeu that Solari is right to take the club forward. In truth, however, there were not many useful alternatives.
Another Argentinean Mauricio Pochettino was named fast in the summer when Tottenham told Florentino Perez that he was not available after signing a new contract at the end of last season.
Jurgen Klopp, Joachim Low, Massimiliano Allegri and Julian Nagelsmann also said no, and Madrid then turned to Lopetegui, since the former Spaniard struck by the national team and then lasted only 14 matches in the job.
Real wanted Antonio Conte after that, but the Italian was careful with a hostile changing room and took over in the middle of the season. At the club there was also doubt about Italian personality.
So Solari got up from Castilla, youth side after having coached younger teams at the club for the last five years.
The 42-year-old, a Champions League winner with Madrid, who played with Zidane and is a Frenchman's friend, won all his first four games to make the best of a new coach ever in the club's history.
The La Liga rules indicate that an interim manager can only be responsible for two weeks, and Madrid contacted LFP to submit the paperwork for a new Argentinean contract on Monday.
"The board of Real Madrid C.F., who met today, November 13, 2018, has agreed to appoint Santiago Solari as the first team coach until June 30, 2021," said a short statement on Tuesday evening.
Solari, like Lopetegui, has had a deal that runs until 2021. This time, Madrid will hope he lasts longer than the man he replaces.
A popular figure within the club was Solari considered by Perez as a possible assistant to Zidane 2016 and has worked hard behind the scenes to prepare for this moment.
At his very first press conference, he asked if he could be another Zidane, he said: "Leave Zizou in peace! He is one of the great figures for Madrid. There is no adjective for him. Better to leave him alone in his greatness , and do not compare him to him because he is unchangeable. "
Zidane took over in similar circumstances in January 2016, when Rafa Benitez was dropped after an uneven result of uneven results which meant a 4-0 home loss at Barcelona in Clasico.
Benitez stayed a little longer but was a sentenced man after the defeat, while Lopetegui lost his job right after a 5-1 loss for Barca in Camp Nou last month.
Against all odds, Zidane transformed the team's fortunes and led Los Blancos to three consecutive Champions League crowns and a league title among nine trophies in total and Madrid president Perez will hope for a similar rise under Solari.
Real, however, sold Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer and did not replace Portuguese, making 450 goals in his nine seasons at Bernabeu, including a number of important goals in the Champions League.
In addition to this, there have been a number of players in shape this season and also tired after the World Cup, with Zidane claiming he could no longer motivate his group.
It's not uncommon at a club like Real or Barca, where even the successful coaches only stay for about three seasons, and early signs are that Solari has already had a positive impact.
The club is back on track and live in all competitions and has closed within just four points in Barca in La Liga after the champions have lost home to Betis on Sunday.
Tough tests than Melilla, Valladolid, Viktoria Plzen and Celta are ahead, and the game still needs improvement, despite the positive results in the last four games.
Solari has the theory until 2021 to make his mark, but in reality he must soon be successful – and it probably means winning a trophy this season. The hard work is starting now.