Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui faces the first of three games in a week which could well decide his future at the club when his side entertains Levante in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.
Lopetegui described playmaker Isco as a "weapon" for Los Blancos earlier in week after the Spaniard returned to training following a bout of appendicitis which has kept him out since a 1-0 win against Espanyol on September 22. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.
Levante stunned the home fans into silence when they were awarded a penalty in freaky circumstances for a handball by the hapless Varane on the line of the penalty area, which was finally given after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR) just as the visitors were about to take a free kick.
"We have a great technical team".
The former FC Porto subsequently lost his job before La Roja kicked a ball in Russian Federation and was tasked to lead Real into a new era after Zidane led them to three successive UEFA Champions League titles and LaLiga in two and half seasons. Morales kept his eyes on Sergio Postigo's long ball, as Raphael Varane failed to, took the ball around keeper Thibaut Courtois and slotted in.
It got worse as Varane handled and VAR advised the error had been inside the box. We had goals ruled out, hit the woodwork three times... After the restart, the home fans sang "echale huevos", meaning, "play with some balls". Not before the 56th minute had passed, however, and Madrid's drought became their longest ever. Finally, Madrid scored, with that pair involved again as Bale flicked on to Benzema and Marcelo drove home. The striker, however, had strayed just offside.
After their opening eight matches, Madrid are fifth in La Liga and have four wins, two draws and two losses so far.
Real Madrid have already bookmarked a replacement for the Germany worldwide in Christian Eriksen and believe that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder would be a tremendous success alongside Luka Modric, Dani Ceballos or Casemiro while playing the double pivot's role.