Real Madrid lose to Levante as pressure mounts on Julen Lopetegui

Real Madrid crashed to a third successive defeat, putting head coach Julen Lopetegui under further scrutiny with reports Antonio Conte could replace him.

Goals from Jose Luis Morales and Roger Marti inside the opening quarter of an hour left Real shell-shocked and Levante went on to seal a famous 2-1 victory in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is under pressure

Marcelo pulled one back – but only after Real had surpassed their previous highest benchmark of 465 minutes without scoring – but it was to no avail, with this setback ramping up the pressure on Lopetegui ahead of next week’s El Clasico at Barcelona.

The former Spain coach’s future was already being talked about following losses to CSKA Moscow and Alaves before the international break, while they are now winless in five.

Their recent sticky patch had left them low on confidence and the mood around the Bernabeu only darkened when Morales took advantage of a Raphael Varane error to put the visitors ahead in the seventh minute.

Varane failed to track the run of Morales, who collected Sergio Postigo’s long ball forward before rounding Thibaut Courtois and slotting into an empty net.


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