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Lopetegui: Losing El Clasico Won’t Kill Me

boss played down the significance of today’s on his own future, insisting “I don’t think I will die” irrespective of the result.

Reports in Madrid suggest Lopetegui’s short reign at the will end next week regardless of how they perform at , 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 ’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.”

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