Real were held to a 1-1 draw away to Athletic at the San Mames Stadium, leaving Barcelona with the only 100% record remaining in La Liga.
Manager Julen Lopetegui remained positive after the match, but admitted his team should have been more clinical in the game, the Spaniard stating: “
“It’s a difficult ground, but I think that in the second half the boys were much more successful in an attacking sense and we generated many chances.”
Lopetegui’s decision to bring on Isco for Luka Modric, after the Croatian had not been able to influence the game from midfield as he so often does, proved pivotal after the Spaniard scored Real’s equaliser.
Lopetegui made it clear in his press conference why he brought on Isco for Modric, explaining:
“But we understood that Gareth Bale needed a rest and we decided to put Lucas on to create a lot of danger.”
Lopetegui ended his press conference acknowledging his side should have been able to win the game as they pushed for a winner late in the second half, the Real manager saying: