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

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

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

Real Madrid are now on a five-game winless run in all competitions and their 2-1 home defeat against Levante on Saturday appears to have been the final straw.

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

Marcelo ended the streak in the second half at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, but the negative milestone had already been set, coming three months after Ronaldo left to join Juventus.

Levante should have made it three at the death, Morales firing wide when clean through, before the final whistle was greeted by boos from the home fans.

Since then they have failed to find the back of the net in defeats to Sevilla, CSKA Moscow and Deportivo Alaves and a goalless draw with city rivals Atletico Madrid. And even worse that he did so with Julen Lopetegui who is proving to be a failure by every passing game and has not really proven himself really well in the earlier stages of his career too.

A Champions League visit of Viktoria Plzen is up next for the club before they head to Barcelona next Sunday for the first El Clasico of the season. "We had 34 or 35 shots at goal, 14 on target, nine corners, four balls off the woodwork, a goal disallowed", he said.

A four-time Champions League victor, Madrid have come to rely on Varane.

"We're with the coach to the death", the Brazil worldwide said after the game.

Madrid's previous longest drought was in 1985 when the Spanish league giants went 464 minutes without scoring.

Despite being only 12 matches into his tenure, Lopetegui is on course to face the repercussions of the latter scenario.

Real had chances to score, but could only pull one back through Marcelo in the dying moments of the game.

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