"Right now that is the last thing that I'm thinking about", said Lopetegui when asked if he was anxious about losing his job. "We have to figure out what we've been doing wrong". But the decorated France global, fresh from winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has struggled this season and was particularly culpable in this game.
It was initially believed that Madrid had broken their own record for going goalless, before it was confirmed that in one of the games in their worst-ever run had gone to extra time, adding 30 extra minutes onto the presumed tally of 465 minutes, nearly eight hours of play. The ball is not going in. "We have to just keep trying and not worrying, because the team did many things right today", he added.
Lopetegui started with Mariano Diaz and Lucas Vazquez in the attack, with Bale and Benzema entering the match in the second half but not being able to help much.
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He also defended his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was accused of leaving the accident site without bothering about the victims. Railway authorities clarified that the organisers had not taken any permission from them to burn the effigy near the tracks.
"It's the third time I've come here and it's third time lucky".
The result left Madrid fifth and in danger of dropping further down by the end of the weekend's round.
The last Madrid goal came against Espanyol on September 22, scored by Marco Asensio, before Julen Lopetegui's struggling side drew blanks against Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Alaves.
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.