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Lopetegui convinced he will take charge for El Clasico

Lopetegui convinced he will take charge for El Clasico

Julen Lopetegui is convinced that he will be in charge of Real Madrid for this weekend’s El Clasico against Barcelona.

Goals from Karim Benzema and Marcelo saw Real Madrid defeat Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday evening in the Champions League.

The Spanish giants came into the game having not won any of their last five games in all competitions and with pressure highly on boss Julen Lopetegui – a win was a must.

Karim Benzema’s header gave Madrid the lead after just 11 minutes in which was his 57th goal in the Champions League.

Marcelo then made it 2-0 in the 55th minute after Gareth Bale’s excellent through ball sent the Brazilian full back racing clear.

Czech side Plzen did impress however and they scored their first goal against a Spanish side when Hrosovky fired past Keylor Navas. Chances for Milan Petrzela and David Limbersky could have added pressure on Lopetegui once more but Navas proved too tough to beat on those occasions.

The win sees some of the pressure taken off Lopetegui, who is certain that he will be in charge for the weekend’s mouth watering clash with Barcelona.

“It’ll all become clear in 48 hours, but I’m optimistic, ” Lopetegui told reporters when asked about his future.

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“Still Coach for the Clasico? That’s not for me to answer, but yes I’m convinced I will be. We’re thinking about preparations for Sunday’s game, which is very important, and we’ll go to Camp Nou with a lot of ambition.”

The win sees Madrid sit top of their group, but focus will now turn to the weekend’s El Clasico game against bitter rivals Barcelona.

Elsewhere, Italian giants Roma beat CSKA Moscow 3-0 at the Stade de Olimpico to sit second in Group G.