How bad does it look for Julen Lopetegui — Real Madrid
21 October, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Greg Lawrence
After a blisteting start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu, a poor run of form, losing three of their last four in which they have not scored once has seen future come under question.
Marcelo's goal at least ended the drought and gave them hope of a fightback, but it was all too frantic and Levante nearly grabbed a third on the break in injury time, before the final whistle which was greeted with jeers and whistles from the stand.
While Barca can point to their riveting win at Wembley over Tottenham, and then a point gained in Valencia, Madrid have endured successive setbacks away to CSKA Moscow and Alaves.
"Stats do not count much in football - it is goals that count".
Lopetegui, sacked as Spain coach on the eve of the World Cup after announcing he was joining Real, has lost five games in all competitions since taking over the European champions.
Real Madrid will reportedly cut ties with Julen Lopetegui, heaping misery on a man whose 2018 has gone about as poorly as possible. We've got to change the dynamic by getting things right and winning games of football.
Injuries have certainly not helped. Finally, Madrid scored, with that pair involved again as Bale flicked to Benzema at the back post.
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They did score through Marcelo in the 72nd minute to end the drought at 482 minutes, but the damage had been done already as they conceded two early goals.
"There are three points to play for", Lopetegui said. They have not waited that long for a win since that miserable run in May 2009. "We trust them and we are confident that we will have a good season", he said on Friday.
Atletico Madrid, which drew at Villarreal 1-1, also was two back after nine matches.
Meanwhile, Lopetegui went on to explain he was focused on his work as the manager of Real Madrid, which was now occupying the fourth spot in the La Liga standings, two points behind top placed Sevilla.
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