In the minute 16 in Girona; in the 32 before the Athletic during the exit to San Mamés; on the edge of 17 against Sevilla; and the two minutes of game of the duel with the CSKA in Moscow were not reached. Four visits and the same scenario repeated again and again. All home meetings of the Real Madrid by Julen Lopetegui They started with a goal against. Also in the European Supercup, played in Tallín, Atlético went ahead to the minute of play. This Saturday the whites face in Vitoria against Alavés (6:30 pm, beIN LaLiga) their fifth game away from the Bernabéu in a critical situation. They are the Madrid with worse results after nine matches since the 2012-13 academic year, the least effective in more than 12 years and the second worst visitor of the last decade. The accumulation of negative records places the Basque coach, presented less than four months ago, on the brink of the abyss just three weeks of a classic that is felt to be decisive for his career in Chamartín.
"It is a fact that is true and that concerns us. Having to come back in each game is difficult and we do not want that to be the case. It is something that we have to improve clearly, "Lopetegui acknowledged this Friday when he was exposed that his team was unable to get ahead of first as a visitor. It was the only sign of self-criticism perceived in recent weeks to the coach, who yesterday, before the insistence around the doubts generated by his project, adopted his speech more defensive and vindictive. "A coach assumes everything. He is responsible for everything bad, never good. Our profession is like that, "he snapped when asked if he had made mistakes during recent games.
Lopetegui also assured that he is not afraid for his position and stressed that his team remains a co-leader in LaLiga. Also they have displayed a brilliant game in many moments. "We played a more than acceptable game in the derby against Atlético and deserved to win, just like against CSKA. Except in the first part of Seville, the tone has been more than positive and at times brilliant ", argued the Basque coach.
The affirmation contrasts with the facts. Neither against Atlético nor in the European commitment in Moscow was the scoreboard in favor at any time. In neither of the two games did he get to see the door and he barely generated clear chances of danger. The lateral centers and the shots of long distance were their only argument to try to find a way to the goal. That's how his last goal came as a visitor, in San Mamés. Bale center and Isco's header to match a duel in which he was also at a disadvantage.
Mourinho, the precedent
Facing an adverse result away from the Bernabéu has become a habit for whites. Of the 320 minutes that Madrid has played at home has only gone ahead in 38, 12% of the total time at stake; all in Girona, the first start of the course and the only one in which he managed to overcome. Since then he does not know what it is to win as a visitor. But Montilivi was also seen behind, a situation that has been found in 215 minutes, 67%, while in the remaining 21% (67 minutes) has played with equality on the scoreboard.
The draw in San Mamés, the defeats in Seville and Moscow, and the only victory in Girona place Lopetegui's Madrid as the second worst Madrid away in the last decade. Only in 2012-13, in the last year of José Mourinho, the results were more deficit with three defeats and one victory. A season with which the scoring records also coincide. Both teams are the ones with the fewest goals in the last 10 years after four games away from home, five, and the only ones that had a negative scoring balance when they scored more goals against, six.
Lopetegui tries to convey to the outside a discourse of normality and tranquility, but in the leadership the suspicions and the uncertainty are palpable. In the pulse of this Saturday in Mendizorroza, the preparer faces a decisive trial, because despite his proclamation, his project and his future are under suspicion.
Only a week after the official channels of the club affirmed that Gareth Bale had felt some discomfort in the abductor of the right leg, Lopetegui will be able to count on his referent again. The resonance made last Monday ruled out the existence of an injury and the Welshman is in optimal conditions to play in Vitoria. In the same situation is Sergio Ramos, who returns after not traveling to Moscow to avoid a setback in his ischies. On the contrary, the coach will not be able to count on Isco, who continues to recover from the appendicitis operation, nor with his two starting wings, Marcelo and Carvajal, who was found to have a soleus in his left leg and will be It goes down between six and eight weeks.