Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno backed Julen Lopetegui, saying the under-fire coach had his trust.Lopetegui is under increasing pressure at the European champions after a four-match winless run, during which Madrid have failed to score.But Butragueno – director of institutional relations at the club – offered the former Spain boss support ahead of Madrid’s hosting of Levante in LaLiga on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We have a great technical team. We trust them and we are confident that we will have a good season,” he said on Friday.”Real Madrid always go to win at any field and every time we play it’s for the millions of fans around the world.”Sergio Ramos also recently came to Lopetegui’s defense, saying that it would be “crazy” for the club to fire the manager so soon in the campaign. @SergioRamos @LevanteUD: 2007/08 2013/14 2017/18#RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/HxnDPKnVir— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 19, 2018Lopetegui joined Real Madrid just before the World Cup, prompting Spain to dismiss the coach in the lead up to the group stage opener.Thus far, the results haven’e been to expectations, as Madrid currently sits fifth in the league, a point behind Barcelona and three points behind stunning leaders Alaves, who have played an extra match. Madridy are kicking off before their rivals this matchday, and could jump top with a win over Levante.Lopetegui says he is confident that the club will emerge from the recent downturn, adding that he is looking only forward as the season continues.
Tottenham Hotspur Pochettino: New book no excuse for Tottenham Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 23:42 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Watford v Tottenham Hotspur Watford Premier League Spurs’ form has been in decline since the manager’s book hit the shelves, but he doesn’t see a link between the two Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed suggestions his recently released book is a contributing factor to Tottenham’s faltering form.Spurs found themselves firmly in the Premier League title race and playing with a swagger after a dominant 3-1 Champions League win over European kings Real Madrid at the start of this month came on the heels of thrashing Liverpool 4-1.Around the same time, Pochettino’s book titled Brave New World — a collaboration with Spanish journalist Guillem Balague that documents the 2016-17 season at Spurs — came out in the shops. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In the weeks following the unforgettable encounter with Madrid, Tottenham’s performances and results have tailed off, with Tuesday’s 2-1 reverse at Leicester City leaving them with a solitary win from the past five Premier League outings.”When the book appeared — different quotes about my book — we beat Real Madrid and Liverpool and we had unbelievable results,” said Pochettino ahead of Saturday’s trip to Watford, which his side will enter in seventh place, 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.”First of all, I want to say thank you to the people that write this story because it’s more publicity for my book. We are going to help more people because all the money is going to charity.”Thank you for this, in this period that is coming up to Christmas, we can help more people if we sell more books.”Putting in the hard work at Hotspur Way.#COYS pic.twitter.com/4wq2Vwy4Cg— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 30, 2017Pochettino was similarly keen to reject any notion of this being his most difficult period since taking charge of Tottenham in 2014, using their consistently excellent Champions League showings as evidence all is not lost.”No, no, no. Look, we finished first in the Champions League group, beating Real Madrid, which was historic for the club,” he said. “Then [Spurs beat Borussia] Dortmund and APOEL.”It’s a long way to the end of the season. It’s true that in the last few game we struggled a little bit to get a good result but it’s normal for every team — they struggle [at some stage] in the 10 months of competition.”Pochettino added: “Now I am calm and it’s normal. My responsibility is to change the dynamic with the players, accept everything that the people say, the same as when you praise us when we beat Liverpool or Real Madrid in big games.”The balance is the most important. I trust the players, the players trust in the club and us in the job we are doing.”It’s a bad period but we need to work hard to change the dynamic.”Harry Winks is back in contention to face Watford after recovering from illness, although fellow midfielder Victor Wanyama (knee) and defender Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) remain sidelined.