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Julen Lopetegui lays out the blueprint for improvement amidst challenging times for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid haven’t scored for 319 minutes for the first time since 2007. However, the manager continues to believe in the team and the effort of his players. 

Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)

Real Madrid traveled to Luznikhi Stadium last night where they faced CSKA Moscow in the group stage game of UEFA Champions League and fell short to the Russian side who won the match by 1-0. This has been the third continuous game where the Los Blancos had to settle without registering a win.

The coach Julen Lopetegui analyzed the game in his own words.

“We created plenty of chances and couldn’t finish them off. We were unfortunate today, but if you don’t score, it’s not easy to win. We tried to turn the screw, but it would not happen for us. The work, performance, and will to win shown by my players was clearly on display. The game started in a surprising manner, as CSKA nicked a goal and we were then really unlucky in front of goal. When the goals don’t come, you can keep trying, create some chances and try to be more accurate. This team will be scoring goals again soon enough, and we’ll be back to winning ways.”

Julen Lopetegui took the defeat like a professional and claimed to now focus on the upcoming LaLiga game against Alaves in the midweek.

“In football, you find yourself in these situations. We have to suck it up, take the defeat on the chin. Tomorrow, however, we need to focus on Alavés and our commitments in LaLiga.”

Real Madrid in their last UEFA Champions League fixture emerged victorious against AS Roma by the margin of 3-0. Lopetegui believes this is the same side which dominated last year’s semi-finalists and that goals will be scored again.

“In the Champions League, we played brilliantly against Roma, before that we were far from invincible and likewise we are not a bad side now just because we haven’t scored. This is all part of the game.”

The Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema started the season on a high note while scoring 5 goals in 4 matches. However, this was stunted thereafter and the Frenchman failed to score ever since. The coach still has hopes from his number 9.

“We trust in all of the players and that goes for Benzema too. When it comes to scoring goals, you go through spells. He made a great start to the season, and now, just like the rest of the team, he’s not managing to find the net.”

Julen Lopetegui laid the blueprint which he expects will guide his side back onto winning days. The Spaniard also discussed the performance of Reguilon, the homegrown player of the club who’s promoted to the first team and made his debut in the Champions League.

“With hard work and by keeping calm, we’ll get back on the goal trail. However, it’s not just down to Karim, it’s the whole team’s responsibility. Reguilón put in a good performance. It was a tough game to make your debut in and his first match is a positive we can take away.”

As Isco and Marcelo sit out to recover to full fitness. Another name has been added to injury list of Real Madrid.

“Carvajal has a minor muscular injury in his calf and we’ll have to wait until he undergoes testing.”

Real Madrid now prepare to face Alaves in the LaLiga on 6th October 2018, at Estadi Mendizerroza. The kick-off is scheduled for 18:30 CET.

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