Real beaten again as pressure mounts on Lopetegui

Semedo and Benzema

Semedo and Benzema. Joan Merc

Jose Luis Morales put Levante ahead in the seventh minute after a defensive slip from Raphael Varane while Roger Marti doubled the lead in the 13th from the penalty spot after a handball by Varane, with the spot-kick awarded after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR).

Marcelo finally ended Real's longest-ever goal drought, spanning 482 minutes, by thumping into the net but an equaliser proved elusive for Lopetegui's side, who are fifth in La Liga.

Former Ghana and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien says Julen Lopetegui is running the risk of losing his job if results don't improve. "If I am asked for an opinion, I give it, but I do not think that an opinion of mine could influence such an important decision as the coach's continuity". "I am sure that football will soon start giving to us what it is taking away at the moment".

"The dressing room was sad but the players are keen to lift themselves up and look to the next game".

Lopetegui is on a run of three straight defeats - the club's worst run since the 2006-07 season under Juande Ramos. The ball is just not going in.

A Champions League visit of Viktoria Plzen is up next for the club before they head to Barcelona next Sunday for the first El Clasico of the season. "We have to just keep trying and not worrying, because the team did many things right today", he added.

Real Madrid have gone from euphoria at winning the Champions League to utter bedlam in the space of a few months.

"Some very unusual things happened as it sometimes does in football". But the decorated France worldwide, fresh from winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has struggled this season and was particularly culpable in this game. But we attacked a lot, and attacked very well.

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