Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Marcelo backing beleaguered Lopetegui despite Madrid slump

Marcelo backing beleaguered Lopetegui despite Madrid slump

Real Madrid are now going through the longest goal drought in their decorated history after failing to score against Levante in the opening ten minutes of the second-half.

And the former Spain boss does not believe focusing on aspects outside of his control will help the team.

Madrid struck the woodwork three times and had a goal by Diaz disallowed for offside in the final minutes. The stats aren't worth much at all, what counts are the goals. But we attacked a lot, and attacked very well. Although they are just four points off Real in fourth, they're also just three points above the relegation zone with La Liga proving to be a tight league yet again.

"Right now that is the last thing that I'm thinking about", said Lopetegui when asked if he was anxious about losing his job. This is a blow; we did not expect this result.

The real surprise leaders of the weekend, however, could be Alaves, who were playing in Spanish football's third tier only five years ago. There must be calm.

"I am just thinking about lifting them for the important Champions League game on Tuesday [against Viktoria Plzen] where we can turn this dynamic around".

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Madrid, which began the match without Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema who are coming off injuries, created many chances but was unable to break through the Levante defence. "These are technical questions and choices that are Julen's to make", he said, diplomatically.

"Sooner or later we will get ahead".

There were reports that president Florentino Perez had gone down to the dressing room to spend some time talking with Lopetegui one-on-one after the game - a conversation that was still ongoing when vice-captain Marcelo came through the mixed zone.

"We are focused only on the game tomorrow", he said.

"I have full confidence in the players I have available convinced that we will have a good season".

While away on worldwide duty with Germany national team, the midfielder suggested he did not want to do the dirty work Lopetegui required of him, saying, "I like playing deeper, but I'm not Casemiro".

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