real madrid in crisis

Schuster unruffled by latest setback

November 16, 2008

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster is remaining "calm" despite seeing his position at the Spanish giants further placed in doubt following Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Real Valladolid.

Madrid and Schuster went into the clash at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla under the spotlight after a series of poor recent results was capped this week by their embarrassing midweek Copa del Rey exit to Segunda Division B side Real Union.

Media reports in Spain suggested Schuster would be fired if Madrid lost to Valladolid this weekend, and that speculation is likely to increase after the two-time Primera Liga champions went down to a Fabian Cannobio strike just after the break.

Schuster, whose side had defender Gabriel Heinze sent off late on against Valladolid, knows the defeat complicates things for him, but the German is refusing to panic.

"I'm calm, we are working hard, but it is clear that this result doesn't help. It's a ground where we didn't want to lose," he was quoted as saying after the match by Marca.

However, Schuster did admit in AS he was "concerned and disappointed" by the defeat, which was Madrid's fourth in their last eight matches in all competitions.

"We did not deserve to lose, we had no fortune. We changed our style of play because we lacked some men but, nevertheless, aside from the goal, our opponents did not cause us an problems," added Schuster, who was without Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben, Mahamadou Diarra, Pepe, Ruben de la Red and Christoph Metzelder.

"We didn't suffer in defence and we had chances to score."

Schuster was reluctant to talk about the possibility of his job being under threat, but did say: "Last year we also experienced some difficult moments and we got through them."