Pressure mounts on Lopetegui as Madrid beaten by Levante


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Real Madrid suffered yet another defeat on Saturday, as they were beaten 2-1 by Levante at Santiago Bernabeu.

After some dismal recent form, which has seen Real Madrid go both winless and goalless over their last four competitive outings, the pressure has been well and truly cranked up over the weeks leading up to the worldwide break.

Marcelo pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute - after Real had earlier in the second half surpassed their previous highest benchmark of 465 minutes without scoring.

The visitors led 2-0 inside 13 minutes, José Luis Morales opening the scoring before Roger Marti converted a penalty, while they had a third disallowed before the break for offside.

Levante goalkeeper Oier Oyarzabal also produced a string of important saves, as his side defended bravely to hold on for the club's second ever win in the Bernabeu.

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The Spanish side had 71% of the possession and 34 shots during the game but could score only one goal, Marcelo's right-foot goal.

The Brazilian full-back's goal ended a run of 482 minutes without a goal, although it could not prevent them from losing.

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.

Real Madrid have reportedly opened talks with former Chelsea and Juventus manager Antonio Conte as Julen Lopetegui's role at the European champions is looking increasingly uncertain.

Madrid struck the woodwork three times and had a goal by Mariano Diaz disallowed for offside in the final minutes.

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"He tells us things very clearly".

"I feel great. I am the Real Madrid coach and the demands are huge".

Real have not scored since the Espanyol win and are now fourth in the table, two points off Sevilla in the top spot. Sooner or later, we're going to turn this situation around.

AS claim Perez locked himself in the Real dressing room after the game and read the riot act to the players blasting them for their performance.

"I think we'll have a great season and we're focused to face a complicated opponent who are in great form".

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