Lopetegui defends rotation policy

Prior to Real Madrid ‘s clash with Espanyol , coach Julen Lopetegui has once again been forced to defend his goalkeeping rotation system.

Both Keylor Navas and Thibaut Courtois have shared the gloves between them in various games over the past month.

However, he insisted that it is only an issue to those on the outside and that the players and club are content with the competition.

“They have both trained very well and it is a natural situation, that is more evident on the inside that can be seen from outside,” he told reporters.

“Everything is much simpler than what you want to see on the outside looking in.

“Football is not about a starting line-up. Everyone will be important, everyone will try to put into practice what we have been developing.”

Lopetegui has also now reached a landmark of 100 days in charge of Los Blancos and reflected on a whirlwind start to life at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu .

“It seems like it has been very short because everything is going by very fast,” he admitted.

“I didn’t think it would be this quick but I hope to have many more days and that the team continues winning matches.

“Nothing is handed out until the end of the season but for this team, I’d give them a 10 in all aspects, especially in attitude and disposition.”

Perhaps wisely, the Real boss was also keen to avoid wading too much into Cristiano Ronaldo ‘s midweek red card, particularly when it was suggested that he may not have received it had he still been with Los Blancos .

“That is more of a debate for you than it is for me,” he responded.

“I didn’t see it too well but everyone has told me that it wasn’t a red card.

“Sometimes these errors occur but logically, VAR helps you avoid these mistakes, although it isn’t up to me to talk about that.”

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