‘Everything is totally normal’: Real Madrid chief insists Julen Lopetegui will be in charge for El Clasico
- Real Madrid hung on to a 2-1 win over Viktoria Plzen at the Bernabeu
- Director Emilio Burtagueno has called on the club to ‘stay calm and united’
- Barcelona host Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season on Sunday
Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno suggested Julen Lopetegui would not be fired before Sunday’s Clasico after watching Real Madrid hang on to a 2-1 victory against Viktoria Plzen.
Asked directly: ‘Will Lopetegui be sat on the bench at the Camp Nou?’ Butragueno answered: ‘Yes, yes, everything is totally normal. We have to stay calm and united.’
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro had earlier answered a similar question by saying the manager was taking things ‘day by day’.
Julen Lopetegui is not expected to be sacked before Sunday’s Clasico match
Real Madrid secured their first win in five games with victory over Viktoria Plzen
And when the man himself was questioned about his future he said: ‘That question is not for me.
‘Tomorrow I am going to prepare for what is a very important game on Sunday.’
Asked if full-back Marcelo would be fit to play at the weekend after coming off with an ankle injury, Lopetegui said: ‘He has a bad knock and we need to wait and see but I am optimistic.’
Madrid ended a run of three straight defeats and five games without a win by beating the Czech Republic side.
Lopetegui added: ‘We created a lot of chances to shut the game down but we could not take them and then the nerves started.’
Marcelo handed Real Madrid an injury scare when he was forced to hobble off late in the match
Lopetegui has come under increasing pressure after a poor start to life at Real Madrid
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