Shock defeat sees problems worsen for former Porto manager Lopetegui at Real Madrid
Real Madrid have fallen to a shock 2-1 loss at the hands of Levante, leaving Real Madrid languishing outside the Champions League places and Lopetegui's future in serious doubt.
Having lost to Alaves with an injury time goal in the match just before the international break, the ex-Porto coach was in desperate need of a good result to settle the fans and quash the increasing discontent among large swathes of supporters, and this will be a huge blow for the Spaniard.
Sitting in fifth in the table after 8 games heading into the home clash with Levante, Real Madrid had already dropped 8 points in the league campaign and sat adrift of Sevilla, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Alaves.
With this loss, Real Madrid will brace themselves for further misery, with the vast majority of the sides below them still having a game in hand, meaning that a further slide down the table this weekend is very much to be expected.
Another haunting statistic that will be giving Lopetegui sleepless nights is that Marcelo's second half strike was his side's first goal in over five games, with Madrid previously going a scarcely believable 482 minutes without finding the back of the net. For a side like Real Madrid, it's both humiliating and unacceptable.
Witnessing former star forward Cristiano Ronaldo assisting and scoring in large numbers over in Italy with his new club Juventus will be of further frustration for Real Madrid fans.