Lopetegui's Madrid must find balance without Ronaldo – Emery

Unai Emery is confident that Julen Lopetegui can get Real Madrid back on track, amid four winless and scoreless matches.

Published : Oct 09, 2018 08:51 IST

Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui
Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui

Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui

Unai Emery said that stuttering Real Madrid must find balance without Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Arsenal boss has backed Julen Lopetegui to do so.

All-time leading scorer Ronaldo left for Italian champion Juventus in the off-season and Madrid has struggled to fill the void following four consecutive matches without a goal.

Madrid has lost three of those games, including last week's shock 1-0 LaLiga defeat at Deportivo Alaves, increasing the pressure on under-fire head coach Lopetegui.

READ: Benzema a Clasico doubt after Real Madrid confirm hamstring injury

Emery, however, is confident Lopetegui – who replaced Zinedine Zidane at the start of the season – can get Madrid back on track.

"Real Madrid must find balance without him and they need time to adapt. However, I think Julen will find it," former Sevilla boss Emery said.

Emery added: "We cannot answer for Julen, but when it happens to me, I try to be patient, but it is difficult to ask for patience in football. I'm sure the goals will come for Lopetegui."

Sign in to unlock all user benefits
  • Get notified on top games and events
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign up / manage to our newsletters with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early bird access to discounts & offers to our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide to our community guidelines for posting your comment