Madrid Are Now Suffering Their Longest Goal Drought In History

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Real Madrid's Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui gestures during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF against Levante UD at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 20, 2018. "Statistics do not count much in football, it is goals that count".

But despite creating a glut of further chances Real slumped to a third straight loss in all competitions to pile the pressure on under-fire Lopetegui. "We must keep trying so that this feeling of playing well is translated into goals for us".

Injuries have certainly not helped.

Benzema saw his strike from the edge of the box come back off the post, before Mariano tucked home but saw the offside flag, as Real's desperate efforts proved in vain and boos rained down at full-time. All three would provide an attacking boost.

Champions Barcelona play at home to second-placed Sevilla later on Saturday.

Without Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time in almost a decade, Real Madrid reached the worst scoring drought in its history.

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It was initially believed that Madrid had broken their own record for going goalless, before it was confirmed that in one of the games in their worst-ever run had gone to extra time, adding 30 extra minutes onto the presumed tally of 465 minutes, nearly eight hours of play. They have not waited that long for a win since that miserable run in May 2009.

And with the El Classico against Barcelona on the horizon, the 52-year-old Spaniard needs to get back to winning ways or else he will face the consequences according to ex-Galactico Michael Essien. They also had two goals disallowed, while Levante had one.

The former FC Porto subsequently lost his job before La Roja kicked a ball in Russian Federation and was tasked to lead Real into a new era after Zidane led them to three successive UEFA Champions League titles and LaLiga in two and half seasons.

"We started in the worst possible way, but then the team took heart".

They will go top, even if only temporarily, with a win away at Celta Vigo on Friday.

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