Real Madrid could sack Julen Lopetegui if results don't improve - Michael Essien

Annette Crawford
October 20, 2018

Without Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time in almost a decade, Real Madrid reached the worst scoring drought in its history.

The pressure continues to grow on coach Julen Lopetegui as Real Madrid suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Levante in LaLiga at the Santiago Bernabeu.

For a team that prides itself on flair and flamboyance, it is a streak that reflects just as badly on Lopetegui as the results, which could leave Real Madrid four points adrift of Barcelona later on Saturday, with a "Clasico" to come next weekend at the Camp Nou.

The German World Cup victor has anchored the Real midfield to three consecutive Champions League titles, but he has hinted at being unhappy with his role in new manager Julen Lopetegui's system.

Struggling Real Madrid takes on Levante on Saturday in La Liga action, looking to get back on track. "But we have done a lot of good things, we have to keep trying". Alongside their indifferent form, Levante also have the third worst defensive record in the league so far this season, which is good news for a goal-starved Madrid.

Benzema was involved as Real ended the goal drought at 481 minutes, the Frenchman cutting the ball back to Marcelo, who rifled into the roof of the net with his weaker right foot with a little more than a quarter of an hour remaining.

Madrid, which began the match without Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema who are coming off injuries, created many chances but was unable to break through the Levante defence.

But Jose Luis Morales and a Roger Marti penalty put Levante two up inside 13 minutes in a dramatic match that included three VAR reviews.

Benzema curled one against the post in the 76th minute as Real Madrid looked for a leveller, before Marcelo struck over the crossbar 10 minutes from time.

Real's last goal in any competition came in a 1-0 win against Espanyol on Sept 22 and they have failed to score in their following games with Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Alaves.

Madrid host Plzen in a Champions League game next week before travelling to Barcelona for the Clasico on October 28.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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