Lopetegui shows that he’s in charge
As for his starting line-up, he left Thibaut Courtois out once again and instead played Keylor Navas, a decision which surprised some given how much money Real Madrid invested in the Belgian goalkeeper.
There was a further surprise during the encounter, as Marcelo was hooked in the 60th minute.
“The substitution surprised me, but I respect the decision of the coach,” the veteran left-back said afterwards, adding that he was not hurt or out of fitness.
It is clear, then, that Lopetegui will not be afraid to make unpopular decisions and that he will do what he feels is best for the club.