Alaves had never been ahead on the scoreboard in Mendizorroza so far in the league, and it was against Madrid in the last minute of the discount. The ecstasy in Mendizorroza, which left Madrid and Lopetegui stunned, who already accumulates six hours and 49 minutes without scoring a goal. It is the new brand that registered the white team in the stadium of Vitoria. Since September 22 he does not embrace with joy: four complete matches (Sevilla, Atlético, CSKA and Alavés) and half against Espanyol. A ball that is getting bigger, and with the added trauma of falling before Abelardo's team in the final breath. Ten points have been left in this Liga start and only 12 goals scored. Neither the return of Bale, who ended up injured, nor the appeal of Mariano (substitute of the also hurt Benzema), nor the final option of Vinicius never reached the visitors in the Bombonera.
The dynamics, the misfortune of the injuries and the lack of success before the goal were the reasons for Lopetegui in the seven minutes that lasted his press conference. "All the negative options have been combined, we have done a good first half, with arrivals and shots, but it has not been confirmed with the goal, and the injuries have conditioned us excessively", defended the Basque coach. On several occasions he recalled that it is still October and, "in the worst case", that his team would be "three points behind the leader" at the end of the day.
In the 11 meetings he has led in all competitions, he has won five victories, two draws and four defeats, with 17 goals in favor and 12 against. A balance significantly worse than their predecessors. Benítez's numbers were seven wins, four draws and no losses (24 goals scored and two conceded); and those of Zidane, eight victories, two draws and one defeat (36 goals in favor and 9 against). The coach grabbed the pause of selections "to recover sensations" and "important players who are not." To the casualties of Isco, Carvajal and Marcelo, are now those of Benzema and Bale, who fell in Mendizorroza.
Asked about his future, he did not leave the typical response in delicate situations: "It's not my question, we know how the coach's life is, and also that it's October, the responsibility is always mine, above the players", He pointed calmly. In mixed zone, the captain, Sergio Ramos, wanted to intervene to come out in his support: "It does not seem right to me now that there is a change of coach, it would be crazy, this is a problem for everyone, let's not point anyone out. definition, but you have to turn the page because this is very long ". The captain appealed "calm" and recalled that at other times he has also experienced "crisis of goal with Cristiano".
In his starting eleven, Lopetegui appealed to the memory of Ceballos (key in the victory last season in Mendizorroza in his only performance that left a trace throughout the year), and his present, decisive as it was of the improvement of Madrid in the second part of the derby. The victim was Asensio, the only one next to Benzema who had been a starter in all the previous matches of the League, although at the quarter of an hour of the second part the Spaniard was called up instead of Casemiro. Moreover, what was planned in the staging: Ramos and Bale re-enlisted, recovered his domestic goalkeeper (Courtois), hinted Odriozola (second ownership of the year) and opted for Nacho on the left side to the detriment of Reguilón, achiever in the trigger of Moscow. None of that worked. Neither the initial plan nor the subsequent variations.
In Vitoria, the duel began several hours earlier in the center of the city. With that calm, and often not very expressive, joy of the people from the north, the gangs they advanced the encounter with the illusion of biting Madrid and equaling points. At the end of the sets, a large banner in the background more agitator of the stadium, with the slogan "Together we are stronger" ("Elkarrekin indartsuagoak gara"), fueled the hopes. The joy grew as the clock progressed without anything moving in favor of visitors and overflowed in 95. An explosion that this time was nothing contained. It was not for minor, it is the third victory in the history of Alavés against Madrid.