Real Madrid set to sack Julen Lopetegui after just 12 games

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Lopetegui, 52, was clinging to his job after a 2-1 defeat at home to Levante on Saturday.

The Madrid boss made five changes in a bid to end a run of four games without a win or a goal.

Do you think Real Madrid need to sack Lopetegui? But the decorated France worldwide, fresh from winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has struggled this season and was particularly culpable in this game.

Subsequently, they have suffered a 3-0 loss to Sevilla in La Liga, were held scoreless by Atletico Madrid in their derby and were stunningly defeated 1-0 by Alaves in the Primera Division immediately before the worldwide break.

Marcelo pulled one back - but only after Real had surpassed their previous highest benchmark of 465 minutes without scoring - but it was to no avail, with this setback ramping up the pressure on Lopetegui ahead of next week's El Clasico at Barcelona.

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The meeting only lasted 15 minutes but SER claimed Lopetegui emerged from the meeting under the impression that he will still be in charge for the UEFA Champions League clash against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.

Madrid struck the woodwork three times and had a goal by Diaz disallowed for offside in the final minutes. It seems that form would continue into the new season after they demolished Real Betis 3-0 at Benito Villarmartin in their first game.

Real Madrid enjoyed 71% of the possession during the game but they failed to make the most of it. Madrid also had 34 shots on goal compared to Levante's six.

In the nine years Ronaldo spent at the Bernabeu, he scored 450 goals in only 438 appearances, including 44 in 44 games last season, suggesting that even at 33, he was losing none of his potency.

Real started 4W-1D in La Liga, but has now lost three of four in the league.

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