Emmanuel Boateng in action as Levante defeat Real Madrid


Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui insists he feels the confidence of the board.

Despite the introduction of Bale, Los Blancos continued to look disjointed in the attack, forcing Lopetegui to thrown Karim Benzem and Dani Ceballos after 60 minutes.

But it took some time for the breakthrough, Marcelo lashing in a right-footed 15-yard strike after Benzema's assist.

Levante should have made it three at the death, Morales firing wide when clean through, before the final whistle was greeted by boos from the home fans.

Real's last goal in any competition came in a 1-0 win against Espanyol on Sept 22 and they have failed to score in their following games with Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Alaves.

But the upcoming schedule, with Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday and then El Clasico at Camp Nou next Sunday, count in Lopetegui's favour - the last Madrid coach to leave the week of a Clasico was Schuster, who was sacked days before the game in 2008 for saying his team had no chance of beating Barcelona.

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The 52-year-old was conscious that his side need to show respect to Levante, where victory for Real will see them move to the top of the table - but could be overhauled by Saturday evening if results go against them.

A four-time Champions League victor, Madrid have come to rely on Varane. The first was more blatant as he misjudged the flight of Sergio Postigo's through ball and Morales was clear.

Defensive mistakes, however, could have allowed Levante to add to their early double while a lack of composure in front of goal was just as much to blame as misfortune.

Without Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time in almost a decade, Real Madrid reached the worst scoring drought in its history. It seems that form would continue into the new season after they demolished Real Betis 3-0 at Benito Villarmartin in their first game. How the season will play out, nobody knows.

The current scoreless run ended 16 minutes later when Marcelo pulled one back.

Los Blancos, under coach Julen Lopetegui are now ranked fifth, having won only four of their eight La Liga games.

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