"I'm not going to die".
"Real Madrid remain a top team, either with or without Cristiano".
"We haven't always won when we deserved to but football is like that", Lopetegui said.
The clásico is nearly upon us and attention is heating up ahead of the biggest game in world football.
Club captain Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Toni Kroos have all publicly backed their coach in recent weeks, and Lopetegui said he did not think his players had anything else in mind at the moment but performing at their best in the Clasico.
On the players' support, Lopetegui also said, "Obviously, I trust them and they trust me". We must keep working and improve on the pitch so that we can be there, close to [Barcelona and Real Madrid]. It's our turn to win and we hope it is on Sunday. This is only the first victory of "Barcelona" is taken with the index of 1.50, the second at 1.55.
Lopetegui played a 4-4-2 against Roma, which was Real Madrid's best performance of the season. "We focus on the rival, of course, but on what they can do".
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"We know what Madrid are like, they are more unsafe when they are wounded", said Valverde at a press conference on the eve of the game.
A win will ease the pressure off the manager's back and the fans will have the first bragging rights at their oppositions.
Can Real Madrid survive without Cristiano Ronaldo in El Clasico? "It's such a big game, and the whole world wants to watch it". We have a certain style, then Messi gives us a touch of brilliance that is extraordinary.
Messi has been at Barcelona longer, making his Clasico debut aged 18 in a 3-0 victory over Real in November 2005, and has since become the king of El Clasico.
"The Champions League is special for us, although the other competitions are also very important". "We know what's at stake and we have to focus on playing our game".
Inter's halftime substitute Matteo Politano anxious Marc-Andre ter Stegen twice shortly after coming on, first with a cross that the Barcelona goalkeeper had to parry and then with a shot that went high.