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Lopetegui: “We’ll have to really compete”

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Sevilla FC v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui talked to the press ahead of the Madrid Derby against Atletico de Madrid —Saturday, 20:45 CEST—. The Spanish manager wants his team to bounce back from the disappointing 3-0 loss they suffered in Sevilla this Wednesday but he also knows that Atletico will be tough to beat.

“I expect an even game, very demanding and tough. You have to compete, as well as playing well. My team is going to be ready for the kind of match we have tomorrow. We’re up against a good side, a team set up for big games that has great players. We expect that the game will be played at the highest level and we’ll be prepared to match those levels,” said Lopetegui.

Atletico managed to beat Real Madrid in what was Lopetegui’s debut as Real’s coach but their form this season has been quite poor. Los Blancos will be without Marcelo and Isco but Lopetegui says his men are ready to play.

“The team is fine. We have a match every three days and, logically, we have had to respond. The second half against Sevilla backed it up. We talk about the physical side a lot when there are other footballing circumstances that happen in matches,” he explained.

Real Madrid have lacked the ability to score for the last two games but Lopetegui isn’t worried.

“The data has to be analysed in a more global manner. The team has created a lot of chances, also in the recent games, and we’ll continue to do so. Real Madrid are always a goal-scoring team,” concluded Lopetegui.