Julen Lopetegui burst into the conference room of the sports city of Valdebebas aware of the complex envite he had to face. The defeat to CSKA in Moscow, where he only admitted four questions from the media, placed him definitely in the center of the target. His team is the most deficient in Chamartín since 2013 and the least effective of the white club in more than twelve years. Accumulate three games without knowing the victory and without scoring any goal. At the gates of his fifth home commitment, in Vitoria against Alavés (18.30, beIN LaLiga), he has only four points out of 12 possible as a visitor in all competitions and still does not know what it is to start with a goal away from the goal. Bernabéu.
The concern in the leadership is palpable and the symptoms of his Madrid worrying. His project and his career in Chamartín begin to be questioned only three and a half months after his presentation. But Lopetegui lives with his back to the critical moment that is assumed in Chamartín. Or that tried to move this Friday abroad with a tremendously defensive and vindictive speech. Far from abandoning his usual foreseeable and barely critical script, the preparer took out his chest. He proclaimed that his team remains leader in LaLiga and without worries in Europe. "We have the same points as the first in the league and in the Champions I have no doubt that we will follow the line of the Roma, we have lost three points against CSKA, but we had bad luck," snapped Lopetegui, who surprised by saying that the only bad moment of the course was lived in the Pizjuán.
"We played a more than acceptable match in the derby and we deserved to win, just like against CSKA, the team has shown good looks in some situations, we have to consolidate those moments, except in the first part of Seville the tone has been more than positive and at times brilliant, "said the Basque when questioned in case he considers that he is being treated unfairly by critics.
Neither against Atlético nor in Russia did his team score. In neither of the two games was never ahead on the scoreboard, as it happened in Bilbao and Sevilla. "Do you admit mistakes? Do you fear for your position?", They insisted to Lopetegui, who was blunt: "We are not focused on that." "A coach assumes everything, is responsible for everything bad, never good, our profession is like that," he answered the first. His defensive speech was accompanied by a tagline he repeated insistently: "You have to assume it naturally". The preparer appealed to her in the previous question and when she was asked if there was geste waiting for her or if she assumed the criticisms received in the last week. "This is Madrid, you have to respect the opinions, in a team like Madrid it is logical, we are professionals, we work from within and we know that the team is convinced, we played very well at times. At the end of the season, now, the objectives are intact, "claimed Julen, who confirmed that Bale is in optimal conditions for the visit to Mendizorroza.
With his reference back after the discomfort that moved the club in the derby, also with Sergio Ramos, who returns after his absence against CSKA, but still without Isco and without two of his most decisive weapons, Marcelo and Carvajal, who will be more After a month of absence due to a muscular problem, Lopetegui faces his most decisive judgment in Vitoria since he arrived in Chamartín. Despite his proclamation, the coach is under suspicion.