After a 5-1 hammering at the Camp Nou which could signal a end of spell for Julen Lopetegui at the dug out of Real Madrid, but the Los Blancos boss remains confident of turning things around at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Barcelona were without Lionel Messi in the season’s first Clasico but still made light work of Madrid, with Luis Suarez scoring an impressive hattrick and leaving Lopetegui’s anything but secure.
“I’m upset,” he said at his post-match press conference. “But I have strength and we are still in October.
“Everything is reversible and with the time that is left this season I have confidence in the squad and I feel like I have the strength to continue leading this group.”
Madrid came out from the break with a 2-0 deficit but dominated the early stages of the second half, missing a number of chances to draw level before Barcelona pulled clear again.
“It’s hard at the Camp Nou,” he added. “We had the chance to turn the game around.
“We were much better in the second half but Suarez’s goal to make it 3-1 ended our hopes. “The result doesn’t reflect the game.”
Lopetegui is not the only one to blame for the poor run, but he himself understands that the coach is always the first to pay.
“Responsibility always falls on the coach,” he added. “When we win it is together and it is the same when we lose.
“I am convinced that Real Madrid will be celebrating at the end of the season, we have to insist, insist, insist.”