Real Madrid's goal drought their worst since 1985

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League Group B soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium in London Wednesday Oct. 3 2018. (AP

Los Blancos were pushing for a return to winning ways after they suffered a shock 1-0 loss to CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema - who were both substituted during the surprise loss - have joined Madrid's growing injury list.

Lopetegui has only been in the job since July after he replaced Zinedine Zidane, but following something of a honeymoon period, he really has hit work cut out.

Despite their ragged form, Real are joint top of the La Liga table with Barcelona and Alaves, although Barca will march three points clear at the top if they win at Valencia on Sunday.

"A coach does not think about it", Lopetegui told a news conference.

Since Abelardo became coach, only Real, Barcelona and Atletico have taken more points than them in La Liga.

Real boss Julen Lopetegui confirmed Bale was an injury replacement: "Gareth had [an injury], so we had to make decisions regarding changes".

Alaves continued to snaffle out any danger, though, and when the deadlock was finally broken it was down the other end off the head of Garcia, who turned the visitors' frustrations into despair.

After the Alav├ęs defeat, the Real Madrid defender was keen to stress positivity and unity going forward, particularly given that Madrid have now gone over six hours without finding the net: "Scoring is the decisive part of the game".

Madrid are next in action at home to Levante after the worldwide break.

"It's the dream victory because we scored so late and they couldn't even take kick off", he said.

For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Japan to Skip Fleet Review Ceremony amid Flag Row with S
They say the flag is also widely recognized as identification for the Japanese military under an worldwide maritime convention. Japan was a key player in US -led efforts to isolate and punish North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Lewis Hamilton on the brink of F1 championship after Suzuka win
But in the final laps, with help from a late Virtual Safety Car, Verstappen was able to close up to the back of Bottas and get within DRS range.

Aaron Ramsey's wonder goal in Arsenal's rout of Fulham
Mesut Ozil came on as a second-half substitute but is out of the squad completely for the trip to Fulham with a back injury. We need them to support us. "We are going to continue working".

Ex-South Korean president convicted on corruption charges
Lee denied all the charges in the lead-up to the verdict, calling the testimony of DAS employees "a plot". He was found to have embezzled about 24bn won through slush funds at an auto parts company called DAS.

Death toll rises after magnitude 5.9 quake rocks Haiti
Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was about 19 kilometers northwest of the coastal town of Port-de-Paix. Haiti , one of the world's poorest nations, is especially vulnerable to earthquakes.

Other news