Lopetegui ‘encouraged’ despite historic Real Madrid loss

Julen Lopetegui has said he his not worried about losing his job after his Real Madrid side slumped to a surprising 2-1 defeat at home to Levante.

The loss was Real’s fourth in five games and the result has put further pressure on coach Lopetegui, whose side remain fifth in La Liga, three points behind leaders Alaves and a point behind Barcelona, who have yet to play.

“Right now that is the last thing that I’m thinking about,” said Lopetegui when asked if he was worried about losing his job.

“I feel more encouraged than ever to continue because the team gave their heart and soul on the pitch. Sooner or later we will come out of this.

“The dressing room was sad but the players are keen to lift themselves up and look to the next game. The players gave everything and we will get out of this situation.”

Real went two goals behind inside the first 13 minutes after Jose Luis Morales and then Roger Marti, from the spot, scored.

Marcelo fired a rocket past Oier Olazabal in the Levante goal, and that ended a run of 482 minutes without scoring, although it came 17 minutes too late to prevent them from breaking the mark set back in 1985.

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