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

Under-fire manager Julen Lopetegui has three games to save his job

Madrid went down 2-1 at home to Levante on Saturday and have now lost four of their last five matches in all competitions under Lopetegui.

Casemiro and Mariano Diaz hit the woodwork with headers, but 10 minutes into the second half Madrid found themselves a club record 481 minutes without a goal.

However, five winless matches which have been combined by three successive defeats to the hands of CSKA Moscow, Deportivo Alaves and now Levante have compelled Florentino Perez into making a decision of firing Julen Lopetegui ahead of the Whites' fixtures against Viktoria Plzen and Barcelona in the coming week.

Former Ghana and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien says Julen Lopetegui is running the risk of losing his job if results don't improve. "The players do not deserve this punishment".

Real Madrid started the game poorly and Levante were all over them during the opening stages of the game. But the decorated France worldwide, fresh from winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has struggled this season and was particularly culpable in this game.

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He also recently oversaw a run of eight hours and one minute of football without a goal - the club's worst over run without scoring. Sooner or later we will come out of this.

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.

The hosts thought they had got an immediate foothold back into the clash when Marco Asensio, the last Real player to score, nodded in the rebound after Sergio Ramos' header had had bounced off the crossbar. "We must keep trying so that this feeling of playing well is translated into goals for us".

"I have always said that coaching changes are never good for anyone".

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