Real beaten again as pressure mounts on Lopetegui

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte

Julen Lopetegui, Real Madrid coach, lamented the team's latest defeat, their fourth in five games.

Lopetegui had thrown Bale on at the interval while Benzema and Dani Ceballos were introduced on the hour. The striker, however, had strayed just offside.

It has been over 650 minutes of football since Madrid's last goal, which came when Marco Asensio netted a 41st minute victor in a 1-0 win at home to Espanyol on September 22nd, and since then, Lopetegui's side has failed to score against Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Deportivo Alaves, losing three of those four matches.

Messi was taken to a clinic for tests, but the injury couldn't have come at a worse time as Barcelona plays Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday and then hosts Real Madrid in the clasico on Sunday.

The 52-year-old was conscious that his side need to show respect to Levante, where victory for Real will see them move to the top of the table - but could be overhauled by Saturday evening if results go against them. Mariano was also denied by the woodwork while Ramos and Lucas Vazquez missed from three yards. If it had gone in, all the momentum would have been with Madrid.

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When it comes to defending their Champions League crown, it's not looking any better. The first was more blatant as he misjudged the flight of Sergio Postigo's through ball and Morales was clear. "Statistics do not count much in football, it is goals that count".

"They have an effective attacking focus, but I trust in our quality and our team".

- Levante's Roger Marti has scored five goals in La Liga this season, more than any other Spanish player in the competition (alongside Iago Aspas).

It was initially believed that Madrid had broken their own record for going goalless, before it was confirmed that in one of the games in their worst-ever run had gone to extra time, adding 30 extra minutes onto the presumed tally of 465 minutes, nearly eight hours of play.

- Julen Lopetegui is the first Madrid boss to lose three of his first nine La Liga games in charge since Mariano Garcia Remon in 2004.

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