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Under-fire Lopetegui vows to fight on

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Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has promised to fight on after his team was demolished 5-1 by Barcelona in El Clasico.

Luis Suarez grabbed a hat-trick as Barcelona returned to the top of La Liga and Madrid sit ninth marking their worst start to a league season in 19 years.

The 5-1 defeat was Real Madrid’s worst El Clasico defeat since 2010 and has placed even further pressure on their new manager┬áJulen Lopetegui.

Lopetegui told Sky Sports: “We were much better in the second half, had a moment to get back into the game, had many chances to score and hit the post.

“But it did not happen, and more misfortunes arrived more injuries, and the third goal ended our hopes. The punishment at the end was excessive.

“I feel sad at the moment, but with full strength to remain in charge of this group. This is a tough blow, but I am strong enough to know everything can be turned around. There is a long way to go, and I have a lot of faith in this group of players.

“We have had such bad luck over these weeks, but all runs come to an end. And I am sure the team will show another face.

“Don’t expect any reproaches from me for the players, I am just focused on lifting them. I believe in this group, this team.

“We all know how the world of football works and the final responsibility lies with the coach. I am not stupid. But here we win together and lose together.

“But I still believe we are in an [early] stage of the season, and Madrid this year will celebrate.

“We know that some moments can swing games, balls can hit the post. But we also must enjoy a win like this against Madrid.”