Madrid return to domestic action against Levante on Saturday after the worldwide break looking to halt a run of four straight games in all competitions without a win, in which they have failed to score a goal.
Real Madrid narrowly avoided making unwanted history as Marcelo broke what was nearly the longest goalless streak in the club's history. It scored early on Saturday with goals by Jose Luis Morales in the sixth minute and Roger in the 13th after a penalty awarded following a video review.
The current scoreless run ended 16 minutes later when Marcelo pulled one back.
Midweek, Viktoria Plzen await in the Champions League, a fixture that proves little should Lopetegui win and counts for a lot if points are dropped.
And fans have now expressed their indignation on Twitter, with manager Julen Lopetegui now under serious pressure at the club.
"Right now that (his position) is the last thing that I'm thinking about", Lopetegui told reporters.
Madrid struck the woodwork three times and had a goal by Mariano Diaz disallowed for offside in the final minutes.
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On Levante, he added: "They're opposition who have changed their system and found a winning formula, creating chances and scoring goals". Sooner or later we will come out of this.
"Real Madrid are one the biggest clubs, so you can imagine the pressure", Essien said to Omnisport.
After their opening eight matches, Madrid are fifth in La Liga and have four wins, two draws and two losses so far.
Real Madrid has a tough task ahead as they met Barcelona in La Liga next week at Camp Nou.
"They caught us with a goal when we were doing well".
There were reports that president Florentino Perez had gone down to the dressing room to spend some time talking with Lopetegui one-on-one after the game - a conversation that was still ongoing when vice-captain Marcelo came through the mixed zone.
"I think we'll have a great season and we're focused to face a complicated opponent who are in great form".