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Real Madrid to sack Julen Lopetegui very soon

European champions, Real Madrid are set to sack head coach Julen Lopetegui after a third straight defeat, according to ‘Sky Sports’.

The Spaniard took over from Zinedine Zidane in June and has won just five of his 12 games in charge.

Lopetegui’s tenure at Real Madrid began with a 4-2 defeat in the Spanish Super Cup to city rivals Atletico Madrid and the European champions are fifth in the La Liga table, four points behind leaders Barcelona.

Fans demand change as Madrid suffer another loss

They lost 1-0 to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League before the international break, before losing 2-1 at home to Levante on Saturday.

During that game, Madrid set a a new club record goal scoring drought of 481 minutes.

Los Blancos are currently on a five-game winless run in all competitions. This season Madrid have scored only 13 goals in nine league games.

Antonio Conte is the favourite to take over at the Bernabeu after Lopetegui leaves, having been fired by Chelsea over summer.

Real Madrid B manager Santiago Solari said: “We are all here to help the club and even more so in difficult times,” prompting speculation that he could also be in the running to replace Lopetegui.

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Players are not responding or playing well. They are all below par – have a look at the performance of defender Raphael Varane at the back at the weekend, or the poor contributions of Luka Modric, Marco Asensio, Marcelo and so on.

Instead of making sure the team are not conceding and building from a solid base, Lopetegui has insisted on playing the same way – utilising the defence very high up the pitch as it was against Levante, allowing sides to counter and easily attack the space behind.

He has been unable to prevent his team starting matches poorly. This season in the league 89% of Madrid’s goals have been conceded in the first half.

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