Lopetegui under pressure as Madrid lose to Levante

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Los Blancos, under coach Julen Lopetegui are now ranked fifth, having won only four of their eight La Liga games.

Kroos has anchored the Los Blancos midfield for three consecutive Champions League titles, but he has hinted at being unhappy with his role in new manager Julen Lopetegui's system.

While Barca can point to their riveting win at Wembley over Tottenham, and then a point gained in Valencia, Madrid have endured successive setbacks away to CSKA Moscow and Alaves.

Marcelo finally snapped their long spell without a goal by smashing into the net midway through the second half, scoring the club's first goal in 482 minutes, but despite creating more chances which saw Karim Benzema hit the woodwork and Mariano having a goal ruled out, Real could not find an equaliser.

"We are focused only on the game tomorrow", he said.

"I feel more motivated than ever to continue, because the team has left everything on the field".

Lopetegui admitted he had witnessed a "sad changing room" after the match and his team were certainly not blessed with luck. They could find themselves further down as more games are played over the weekend.

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Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Jesus Vallejo all re-joined the first team at training on Thursday and should make the squad for Levante's visit.

"It is clear that it is not deserved", Lopetegui added.

"Football matches are won by scoring goals and not according to who deserves to win", he said. The stats aren't worth much at all, what counts are the goals.

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.

Heading into matchday nine, Real Madrid may be in fifth place but they are just two points behind current leaders Sevilla.

"I told the guys talent has its limits, but faith and conviction do not", Lopez said. I always say that it is never good for anyone to sack a coach.

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