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Oct 23, 2018 at 8pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Attendance: 67,356
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Julen Lopetegui: 'Real Madrid are alive'

Julen Lopetegui: 'Real Madrid are alive'
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Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui warns Viktoria Plzen that his team are fully charged to end their recent poor run on Tuesday night.

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has warned Viktoria Plzen that his team are fully charged to end their recent poor run at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Los Blancos have lost four of their last five matches in all competitions, and there is intense pressure on the European champions to return to winning ways in the Champions League this week.

Lopetegui had been tipped to lose his job following Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Levante, but the Spaniard remains at the helm and has sent out a strong message ahead of the clash with Czech champions Plzen.

"The team is alive and we are excited for the game tomorrow," Lopetegui told reporters. "This is a strong squad, it is full of champions and serial winners, that does not come about by chance and champions stand up in difficult moments.

"The DNA of this club is to fight and to battle, which we will do both as players and a coaching team, we know we need to improve. I am not paying attention to what is being reported, my job is to prepare my team for the next game and that is what I am doing.

"We are focusing on the present and we are completely motivated to prove what we are capable of and that recent results are not reflective. We go day to day and not beyond that."

Madrid will visit Spanish champions Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday afternoon.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1273234181624
2Sevilla1272324141023
3Atletico MadridAtletico12651168823
4AlavesAlaves127231712523
5Espanyol126331610621
6Real Madrid126242016420
7Real Valladolid1245399017
8Levante125251819-117
9GironaGirona124531314-117
10Real Sociedad124441514116
11Getafe124441110116
12Real Betis124441215-316
13EibarEibar124351218-615
14Celta Vigo123542220214
15Valencia1228289-114
16Villarreal122551113-211
17Athletic Bilbao121741319-610
18Leganes12246916-710
19Rayo Vallecano121471425-117
20Huesca121381025-156

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