Under-fire Lopetegui not thinking about sack as Real slide continues

22 October, 2018, 15:43 | Author: Amy Huff
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His dismissal is now inevitable and only a matter of time until the Real Madrid president finally pulls the trigger.

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 and has also presided over the club's worst ever goal drought.

Prior to the September recess, they had scored 12 goals in four competitive fixtures, but subsequently they have mustered only five in seven games, three of which came at once against Roma in Europe.

When asked about the possibility of being sacked after the game, the coach told reporters, "Right now, it's the last thing on my mind", the Coach said after the game.

"They caught us with a goal when we were doing well. We have to change our dynamic and start winning games". But we attacked a lot, and attacked very well. The ball didn't want to go in.

Lopetegui's side were stung twice inside 13 minutes when first Jose Luis Morales and then Roger Marti, from the spot, scored.

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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.

Madrid struck the woodwork three times and had a goal by Diaz disallowed for offside in the final minutes.

Lopetegui is himself frustrated with the White as well after lack of transfer activities during the summer and most importantly the failure to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.

Madrid finished with 70 per cent possession and more than 30 attempts.

Before Marcelo struck, Real's last goal in any competition had come in a 1-0 win against Espanyol on September 22, with them failing to score in their following games with Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Alaves.

Lopetegui's future is now hanging by a thread and it isn't being ruled out that he doesn't even take charge against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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