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Lopetegui: Losing El Clasico Won’t Kill Me
Reports in Madrid suggest Lopetegui’s short reign at the Santiago Bernabeu will end next week regardless of how they perform at Barcelona, but the former Spain boss was understandably more interested in talking about the game itself than his current job security.
When asked if the game with Ernesto Valverde’s men was a ‘do or die’ for him, Lopetegui replied: “I don’t think I am going to die. Everyone has a certain amount of energy, mine is focused on the team. That’s the job.
“I focus on my work as a coach, that is what I can do to improve my team.
“What you [the media] say does not help me win or improve my team, we are trying to improve the efficiency in both defence and attack and preparing for a very demanding match.”
“I expect to keep breathing whatever happens,” Lopetegui said in response to speculation about his future.
“I’m not going to die. I am 100 per cent focused on helping my team for the match, nothing more. So I will not dedicate even 0.1 per cent of my energy to that question.
“Real Madrid is still alive. This is still October, we have done some good things, made a lot of chances, and we will try and improve and be more effective. We are ready to play a game of this size and these demands.”