Real Madrid Break Incredible (Non) Scoring Record In Miserable Defeat

Real Madrid Break Incredible (Non) Scoring Record In Miserable Defeat

However badly you may feel your day/week/year/career is going, it is probably not going as badly as Julen Lopetegui's. On the eve of the World Cup, with a Spanish team that had fused quality, experience, style and form into the status as tournament favourites, Lopetegui took the Real Madrid job and all has since fallen apart. He was sacked by a righteously indignant Rubiales at  the head of the Spanish Federation, and now looks like he might be meeting the same fate early on in his dream gig.

After a brief spell looking dazzling at the start of the season, Madrid have disintegrated and heading into today's La Liga clash with Levante at the Bernabeu, they lay fifth in the league with just 14 points from nine games. The most remarkable aspect of their most recent run - three defeats in four games - has been their lack of goalscoring threat. Ahead of kick-off today, Madrid hadn't scored since beating Espanyol 1-0 on September 22nd.

It was to get worse for Lopetegui today, losing 2-1 at home to Levante. While they did finally score a goal, it came late in the game: Marcelo scoring from Karim Benzema's assist after 72 minutes. By that stage, Madrid had broken a remarkable record. By surpassing the 55-minute mark of the game without scoring, they set a new record for Madrid's longest goalless stretch in their entire history.

The record did stand at 465 minutes, and now it stands at 481 minutes. In spite of that goal, Madrid could not avoid slumping to yet another defeat. This sees Levante leapfrog them in the table, meaning Lopetegui has overseen a run of four defeats and a draw in five games. He now faces an almighty struggle not to be fired, and has the small matter of a Clasico coming up next weekend.


If he lasts that long.

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