The Andalucians headed into the game looking to end a poor recent record against Los Blancos and keep alive their fading title hopes.
Carlo Ancelotti’s visitors completely flipped the script, as three late goals completed a fantastic week for the league leaders, and Lopetegui claimed his players simply failed to react.
“We lost the game and that is bad, in the first half we were well above them but in the second half they have come from behind”, as per reports from Marca.
“We didn’t know how to manage the key moments. There was fear of winning.
“They scored very early in the second half, and made us doubt ourselves. We had a good first half, but there are two parts in every game.”
Lopetegui admitted his side still face a battle to secure a Champions League qualification place with another four wins likely to secure their spot in the coming weeks.
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