Julen Lopetegui defends Real Madrid’s start to the season

It all started so well

Julen Lopetegui has defended Real Madrid’s start to the season following several poor results including a Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

Los Blancos actually made a good start to the season and many were suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure could bring out the best in Real Madrid.

Recently, however, that hasn’t exactly been the case.

They are without a win in three games, including a 3-0 loss to Sevilla and a Champions League defeat in Russia.

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 08: Antoine Griezmann (L) of Atletico de Madrid competes for the ball with Sergio Ramos (R) of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 8, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

“Everyone always demands the most from us, you have to take that on with normality”

Now, Lopetegui has been speaking about their form.

“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,” he explained, as quoted by Marca.

“We have to focus on the positives.

“Everyone always demands the most from us, you have to take that on with normality.

“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.

“We certainly dropped three points against CSKA Moscow but we were unlucky.

“Now we focus on Alaves, a team that haven’t lost in six matches and will be in front of their own fans.”

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Not fearing for his position

Julen Lopetegui has also been speaking about his position at the club.

He has explained that his side should be judged at the end of the season and that he is not fearing his position.

“We are not analysing what people think, we are focused on tomorrow’s game,” he continued.

“We are working every day to improve and it’s clear that the club’s objectives are still intact as we are still fighting for all competitions.

“We see the players and we know that the team is convinced and has played very well at times.

“We will be judged at the end of the season as we said after the Roma game.

“Do I fear for my position? No, a coach only thinks about preparing his team for the next match.”

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