LaLiga: Conte agrees deal to replace Lopetegui as Real Madrid manager

LaLiga: Conte agrees deal to replace Lopetegui as Real Madrid manager

LaLiga: Conte agrees deal to replace Lopetegui as Real Madrid manager

Without Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time in almost a decade, Real Madrid reached the worst scoring drought in its history.

While Solari, 42, has a fine pedigree as a player, his record as a manager is unconvincing and reports claim Real's biggest stars want the club to remain patient with Lopetegui.

Marcelo pulled one back with 18 minutes left and substitute Karim Benzema then hit the post with a 20-yard shot, but there was to be no late equaliser and Madrid are five games without a win for the first time in 10 seasons.

Lopetegui's team had entered the game amid its worst scoreless streak since 1985.

"(My job) is the last thing I'm thinking about right now", Lopetegui said.

"He tells us things very clearly".

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"We have to sit down and think hard about what we are doing wrong and change our path". The ball didn't want to go in.

Jose Luis Morales put Levante ahead in the seventh minute after a defensive slip from Raphael Varane while Roger Marti doubled the lead in the 13th from the penalty spot after a handball by Varane, with the spot-kick awarded after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR). From there he was part of a Madrid defence that was wide open and regularly vulnerable to Levante's counter-attacks, the visitors having a third goal ruled out before the break.

Madrid finished with 70 per cent possession and more than 30 attempts.

The last Madrid goal came against Espanyol on September 22, scored by Marco Asensio, before Julen Lopetegui's struggling side drew blanks against Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Alaves.

Lopetegui's future is now hanging by a thread and it isn't being ruled out that he doesn't even take charge against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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