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Lopetegui: “I feel backed by the club, absolutely”

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Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui talked to the media this Friday to preview Saturday’s home match against Levante in La Liga. The Spanish coach appears to be on the hot seat following the last four games but he said he is not thinking about this matter.

“Absolutely,” he said when asked if he feels the support of the club. “I’m calm in this moment and focused on my work. I have full confidence in the squad that I have, I’m convinced of what we’re trying to do, there is a lot of the season left, and I’m sure that we’ll be strong at the end of the campaign,” he added.

Real Madrid need to bounce back right now as they will be facing Barcelona in a crucial El Clasico next week. Still, Lopetegui is thinking about Levante.

“We expect a difficult match against a team that have improved in all aspects and has won their last two matches. They have an effective attacking focus, but I trust in our quality and our team,” explained the coach.

Lopetegui did not confirm whether both Bale and Benzema will be available tomorrow.

“Gareth was extremely reasonable with how he felt, he didn’t play for his country even though he could’ve tried to do so. We will see how he feels and what we do. Benzema had a small injury and we will have to see what he is able to do today, but I think his mind is in the right place,” concluded Lopetegui.