Real Madrid 1-2 Levante: Lopetegui may not last the weekend

Real Madrid 1-2 Levante: Lopetegui may not last the weekend

His mistake, failing to cut out a long ball from Postigo, allowed Morales to open the scoring and he then conceded the penalty for Levante's second.

The other point in Lopetegui's favour is the collective failings of La Liga's elite.

Real are fifth in La Liga but the team above them have a game in hand with the exception of Alaves. The capital club are still right in the mix for silverware.

Real Madrid and Barcelona can not avoid heading into next week's Clasico under pressure but each have two games to lift the mood at least, ahead of the pivotal clash at the Camp Nou. That derby could well be Lopetegui's final opportunity to impress and showcase improvement. We're anxious about Levante and ourselves, like who's fit and who isn't - the rest is not in my control, so I try not to take too much notice. Given the money and reputation on the line, patience can not stretch large distances.

Julen Lopetegui insists he believes in his struggling Real Madrid team more than ever and remains calm about his future despite their 2-1 loss at home to Levante on Saturday. "Can't wait to get back on the pitch with the boys".

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno backed coach Lopetegui in the lead-up to the match, but with an important game in the Champions League coming up and El Clasico next weekend, there could be renewed pressure for the Los Blancos chiefs to act.

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Real are fourth in the standings after eight games and only two points behind surprise leaders Sevilla but Lopetegui is feeling the heat after four games without a win in all competitions in which his side have failed to score, their longest run without a goal since 1985.

The former Spain coach's future was already being talked about following losses to CSKA Moscow and Alaves before the global break, while they are now winless in five. It's obvious that the club desperately misses superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who was sold to Italian titan Juventus over the summer without being adequately replaced. Changing coach would be lopping one head off a problematic hydra, but a resounding derby defeat could be one embarrassment too far.

Madrid fans jeered the team and Lopetegui, who is under heavy pressure just months after joining the Spanish powerhouse.

PSG want him in a director of football role but Wenger wants a managerial ideally sees himself as a club boss at a club such as Bayern Munich.

"The dressing room is down because football has treated us very unfairly and they're keen for revenge".

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