Real set unwanted record of 465 minutes without scoring

Lopetegui was sacked as manager of Spain two days before the start of the World Cup when news broke of his appointment at the Bernabeu, with former player Fernando Hierro parachuted in for the national side.

And one would suspect that Lopetegui now regrets the decision to take the Madrid job, as he has not managed to guide the club through their transitional period and keep them near the top of the league.

Madrid hadn't scored in four straight matches, and its winless streak is now at five games. "We have to figure out what we've been doing wrong".

"I am just thinking about lifting them for the important Champions League game on Tuesday [against Viktoria Plzen] where we can turn this dynamic around". It scored early on Saturday with goals by Jose Luis Morales in the sixth minute and Roger in the 13th after a penalty awarded following a video review. But we attacked a lot, and attacked very well. Real Madrid's left back Marcelo struck a little late on in the match to give the Whites hope and end their worst scoreless record ever of 481 minutes.

Despite his team having conceded first for the seventh time in 11 outings this season, Lopetegui denied they had a problem at the beginning of games. "We had 34 or 35 shots at goal, 14 on target, nine corners, four balls off the woodwork, a goal disallowed", he said.

Subsequently, they have suffered a 3-0 loss to Sevilla in La Liga, were held scoreless by Atletico Madrid in their derby and were stunningly defeated 1-0 by Alaves in the Primera Division immediately before the global break.

Just a week away from Los Blancos' visit to the Camp Nou for El Clasico, we asked MARCA readers the question on everyone's lips: should Lopetegui be sacked before the game against Barcelona?

  • Stacy Allen