Real Madrid issue update on future of Julen Lopetegui

Real Madrid have confirmed Julen Lopetegui will be in charge for Sunday’s El Clasico clash against Barcelona .

The former Spain boss is under huge pressure at the Bernabeu after a run of one draw and four defeats in five games prior to Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.

It saw Los Blancos break the club record for minutes without a goal and included defeats to Sevilla, CSKA Moscow, Alaves and Levante.

There had been speculation Lopetegui could be relieved of his duties before Sunday’s trip to the Nou Camp, but Real sporting director Emilio Butragueno insists that will not be the case.

When asked if Lopetegui would be on the bench at the weekend, he said: "Yes, yes, everything is totally normal. We have to stay calm and united."

Strikes from Karim Benzema and Marcelo broke Real’s winless run against Plzen, despite a late scare after Patrik Hrosovsky pulled one back for the Czech outfit.

Lopetegui was also quizzed about his future after the game, saying: "That question is not for me. Tomorrow I am going to prepare for what is a very important game on Sunday."

Real sit in seventh place in La Liga going into the game, four points behind their Clasico rivals who set the pace at the top of the table.

Espanyol and Alaves make up a surprising top three, each just a point behind Barca, while Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are a point further back in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Ernesto Valverde’s men will prepare for Real with a heavyweight Champions League clash against Inter Milan at the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening.

They will be without talisman Lionel Messi in both fixtures after he suffered a fractured arm in the 4-2 win against Sevilla on Saturday.

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