"It has merit to have caused Real Madrid problems".
Real lead Champions League Group G with three points after Viktoria Plzen blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to CSKA Moscow, who equalised in the 95th minute with a converted penalty from Croatian striker Nikola Vlasic.
"I'm very happy with the start, a win and a goal in my opening goal".
I heard it said that I was insane when I said this and that I was going to take over Madrid, while I was paying.
Lopetegui took over following the departure of Zinedine Zidane, and accepts he has a tough act to follow if his Real Madrid side are to conquer all before them once again. "We have a lot of matches coming up, so we'll look for the best options for each match", said Lopetegui, who saw star man Cristiano Ronaldo leave for Juventus during the summer. Karim Benzema has also played well this season, scoring easily and being crucial for the team's new attacking front.
Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino has also expressed his opposition to the idea and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is concerned about the idea of staging a match between two Catalan teams in a foreign country.
Espanyol's formation created the possibility of hitting Madrid on the counter-attack, which was close to happening in the 14th minute, but Pablo Piatti's shot off a pass from Hernan Perez was wide.
In the second half, Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion set up Lemar, who dribbled past Soria and scored from a tight angle.
Referee Mateu Lahoz ruled the goal out for offside but Real were saved by VAR and then later the crossbar, as Borja Iglesias' scooped finish was denied late on.
The result was all but secure when Getafe's Ivan Alejo was sent off shortly after the hour for a risky tackle on Saul Niguez.
Alaves routed promoted Valladolid 5-1 to earn its third straight win.