La Liga: Lopetegui Under Fire As Real Madrid’s Wretched Form Drags On
Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui will be desperate for a convincing victory at Alaves on Saturday to stem the rising tide of discontent after the team’s worst goal drought in 11 years.
Lopetegui has come in for heavy criticism as Real have gone three games without scoring, with Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League defeat at CSKA Moscow following a humbling 3-0 loss to Sevilla and a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.
Real remain joint top of La Liga with Barcelona despite their stuttering start to the campaign and are still expected to progress from their Champions League group, but that has not saved Lopetegui from criticism.
Marca highlighted that Lopetegui has made the worst start to a season of any Real coach since John Toshack in the 1999/2000 campaign and its front cover after the defeat to Moscow railed against Real’s failure to score in more than five hours of game time.
Elsewhere in La Liga, champions Barcelona visit Valencia searching for a first win in four league outings. Barca, however, remain top of the table on goal difference.
Fourth-placed Atletico Madrid host fifth-placed Real Betis, while Sevilla, third and one point behind Real and Barca, are at home to Celta Vigo and will be looking to pounce on any slip-ups from Spain’s biggest two clubs.
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Ath Bilbao v Real Sociedad – 1X
Girona v Eibar – Over 1.5
Getafe v Levante – 1X
Alaves v Real Madrid – 2
Leganes v Rayo Vallecano – Over 1.5
Valladolid v Huesca – 1X
Atl Madrid v Real Betis – 1
Espanyol v Villareal – Under 3.5
Sevilla v Celta Vigo – 1