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Julen Lopetegui responds to critics as he prepares to take on Alaves in the upcoming LaLiga fixture.

Real Madrid boss who was heavily criticized for the recent outcomes has finally responded by stating factual statistics. 

Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)

The Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has been going through a rough patch. His team failed to score in last three games which resulted in dropping points both in LaLiga and UEFA Champions League group stage. The last time Real Madrid recorded such a statistic was 12 years ago.

However, the manager remains optimistic about the upcoming schedule. Julen believes his side can overcome the obstacles and dominate the game once again.

“This is Real Madrid, the most important thing is how we feel. We know that problems will come and we have to be able to overcome them. We have to focus on the positives. Everyone always demands the most from us, you have to take that on with normality.”

As Marcelo, Isco, and Carvajal remain injured the team now focuses on to bank on the squad depth. The most suitable subsitutes recognized for the aforementioned players are Nacho, Ceballos, and Odriozola respectively.

“We have had some injuries, especially Marcelo and Dani, the rest of Isco’s appendicitis, and some discomfort that has remained in that. They are normal circumstances in the dynamics of matches that have to be overcome.”

Even though Real Madrid is under scrutiny for a bad phase, they still are the joint leaders of LaLiga alongside their arch-rivals FC Barcelona. Julen Lopetegui used the fact well in his defense against all the criticism he has been getting.

“The focus is right, we have the same points as the league leaders [Barcelona], and in the Champions League we know we’ll continue the same path as we saw against Roma, sometimes you can have 25 shots and not score. When this happens you have to look at how the team is, now we focus on Alaves, a team that haven’t lost in six matches and will be in front of their own fans. We are not analyzing what people think, we are focused on tomorrow’s game. It’s clear that the club’s objectives are still intact as we are still fighting for all competitions.”

Gareth Bale was taken off at halftime against Atletico Madrid as he felt pain in his groin. The reports later ruled out any possibility of injury which has been a news of relief for all the Madridistas.

“Gareth [Bale] is an important player, he’s fine, he felt a slight niggle which would have got worse if he had continued and so I took him off at halftime against Atletico.”

Real Madrid now look forward to extending their lead over the LaLiga table as they visit Estadi Mendizerroza to face Alavez on 6th October 2018. The kick off is scheduled for 18:30 CET.


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