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Julen Lopetegui confident of revival

20 October 2018

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui's woes deepened as the European champions fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Levante on Saturday, setting an unwanted record of 482 minutes without scoring a goal in the process.

Levante goalkeeper Oier Oyarzabal also produced a string of important saves, as his side defended bravely to hold on for the club's second ever win in the Bernabeu.

Los Blancos suffered an immediate setback when José Luis Morales Nogales opened the scoring in the opening ten minutes of the first-half.

The current scoreless run ended 16 minutes later when Marcelo pulled one back.

Real host Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday before a crunch game away to arch rivals Barcelona next Sunday and the coach admitted his team need to have a meeting to address their failures in front of goal.

Julen Lopetegui insists Real Madrid can not afford to dwell on their woeful run of form and is continuing to ignore speculation over his future as head coach.

"I feel good, I'm Real Madrid coach, the pressure is at the maximum", Lopetegui said at the press conference prior to the Liga match against Levante on Saturday.

Real created numerous chances at the other end and hit the woodwork three times.

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.

Madrid face Barcelona next week in the first El Clasico of the season, but it is not yet known if Lopetegui will still be at the helm.

Although the Dane usually plays as an attacking midfielder for Spurs, Real believe he would be more effective in a double pivot alongside Casemiro than Kroos, and would be supplemented by the likes of Luka Modric and Dani Ceballos. Sooner or later, we're going to turn this situation around. They took advantage of four mistakes and at the start we tried to draw the game, at least.

AS claim Perez locked himself in the Real dressing room after the game and read the riot act to the players blasting them for their performance. Real Madrid was expected to win the game but they continue to struggle.

Julen Lopetegui confident of revival