They were expecting an immediate impact from Thibaut Courtois, who arrived in a cut-price deal from Chelsea.
Courtois played his part in forcing the move but Real Madrid haven’t seen the best of him yet in his seven matches for the club.
He didn’t escape the blame against Levante; he was indecisive as Jose Morales rounded him to score the first goal.
And it’s left Real Madrid supporters wondering whether Courtois was worth signing.
They only paid £31.5 million to sign him, but he isn’t producing his best for them right now.
It will be interesting to see whether Courtois’ form forces Lopetegui – if he remains in charge – to consider starting Keylor Navas.
Chelsea fans are thoroughly enjoying watching the Belgium international struggle.
They were left annoyed by the manner of his exit and he didn’t help himself by aiming shots at the club after he left.
Courtois has hardly been missed at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues replaced him with Kepa Arrizabalaga and currently sit third in the Premier League table with an unbeaten record under Maurizio Sarri.