Barcelona face Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday (15:15 GMT) - but for the first time in almost 11 years, one of football's most famous rivalries will feature neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, has departed for Juventus after a nine-year stay in Madrid that yielded 450 goals and 15 trophies including four Champions League crowns.
"I expect to keep breathing whatever happens", Lopetegui said.
'I hope I am still breathing, I don't think I am going to die, ' Lopetegui said when pressed about his future beyond the match.
"We know how Madrid is, the more badly it is hurt, the more risky it is", Valverde said in his press conference.
'They believe in me and I believe in them, ' Lopetegui said.
Messi turned up at the Nou Camp for Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League win over Inter Milan on Wednesday night.
"This result is a great confidence boost for all of us and when Sunday brings the Clasico we'll be so up for it".
Vinicius was banned for the Clasico but Madrid appealed it and one of his two yellow cards he picked up for Real Madrid Castilla against Celta Vigo B was withdrawn. Real Madrid must try out new ideas on the pitch to live without such an important player like Ronaldo.
Real Madrid's potential starting XI: Courtois; Marcelo, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Bale.
"We were always in the game and had some chances, but they were better".
A win will ease the pressure off the manager's back and the fans will have the first bragging rights at their oppositions.
"Messi often gets us out of jail in hard games against low blocks and obviously we want him to get better as soon as possible".
There were disgruntled whistles at full-time on Tuesday, the home fans deflated after watching a team that featured UEFA's best goalkeeper, defender and player hang on for a 2-1 victory over Viktoria Plzen.