Real Madrid always score goals - Lopetegui plays down form concerns

The Champions League holders have only scored once in their last two games, but their manager is unconcerned about their dip in front of the net

Julen Lopetegui has played down any concerns over Real Madrid’s goalscoring ability ahead of his side’s vital derby clash with cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Real sit second in La Liga behind champions Barcelona following the first half-dozen games of the domestic season, but have only netted once in their last two matches, failing to register a goal against Sevilla in a shock midweek 3-0 loss.

The Champions League holders enjoyed four-goal-haul wins over Girona and Leganes earlier in the campaign and beat Roma 3-0 in Europe earlier in September, but their recent dip in finding the back of the net has been a cause for concern in some quarters.

Lopetegui however has dismissed such issues, and stresses that goalscoring is not a worry for his side as they look to widen the gap against prospective title rivals Atletico.

“You can take any kind of data from different angles, but we have created a lot of chances, even in the last game, especially in the second half,” the former Spain manager said.

“We will continue to do that, for sure. Real Madrid always score goals.”

With the departure of club stalwart Cristiano Ronaldo over the off-season to Juventus, Real have struggled to find a replacement for the Portuguese superstar in their side.

Lyon forward Mariano was awarded the number seven shirt vacated by Ronaldo on his return to the club, but he has only scored once in three combined appearances since his arrival.

Of the 12 goals scored in the league this season, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have netted seven of them combined, with four and three each respectively.

Following their derby with Atletico, Madrid return to European action as they travel to CSKA Moscow on October 2.

They follow their trip to Russia with a trip to Alaves four days later on October 6.