‘I’M HERE NOW’

The under-pressure Spanish boss was speaking at a press conference to preview Real Madrid’s upcoming Champions League match against Viktoria Plzen

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has responded to reports he is on the verge of being sacked.

The 52-year-old has come under intense scrutiny of late as Los Blancos have now lost four of their last five games.

Lopetegui is enduring a torrid start to his time with the Galacticos

Lopetegui is enduring a torrid start to his time with the Galacticos

Lopetegui is enduring a torrid start to his time with the Galacticos

Madrid have been linked with a move for potential replacement coach Antonio Conte amid the doubts over their boss’ future.

However, Lopetegui insists he is not concerned: “On the contrary, I’m all excited, ambitious, and I can’t wait to win tomorrow’s game, playing a great match.

“What I’ve learned about this club is to fight, that is the DNA of this club.

“That’s what we’re going to do, fight, both the players and the coaching staff.

“We know results haven’t been great but we are going to turn this around. We are going to fight.”

Lopetegui also spent three years as a player at Real Madrid between 1988-1991, but struggled to crack the first team.

When asked about his long-term future at the Bernabeu, the manager refused to be drawn into the debate.

“I’m here now, that’s all I can say,” he replied. I am the coach at this moment.

“If you ask me what is going to happen in a month or a year, I can’t tell you. We’re focused on the present.”

Midfielder Isco is firmly behind his manager and says the players must take responsibility for the reigning European champions’ slump.

He said: “I think it would be crazy (to sack him), you have to let him work.

“He has only been here for two months. If you get rid of the coach you have to get rid of all of us.

Real Madrid midfielder Isco insists the players are behind the boss

Real Madrid midfielder Isco insists the players are behind the boss

Real Madrid midfielder Isco insists the players are behind the boss

“It is us that haven’t been scoring goals or playing well. It belongs to all of us, not just the coach.

“The responsibility is on everyone, not just the coach. It’s the players that don’t score the goals.

“We know better than anyone what the atmosphere is in the changing room.

“It’s calm, we’re confident we can turn things around.”

Credit: talkSPORT

via: USAHint Sports

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