Monday, 16 October 2006

Schuster gets his revenge

Bernd Schuster, the Sam Allardyce of La Liga (in terms of building successful teams with a modest budget, not allegations of improper transfer commissions), notched his first ever win as a manager over Real Madrid, reminding their president why he had been considered as a potential manager for the Madrid side before being passed over for Fabio Capello.

He was helped by the worst Real Madrid performance this season (which, after the Lyon game is saying something), culminating in their first league defeat. Another first saw Ronaldo getting red-carded in the league for complaining to the referee over one of his decisions - it was a week-end of bizarre sendings off in La Liga, this one by no means the strangest, highlighting the 'touchiness' of Spanish officials.

Not a single player is worthy of mention, except perhaps the recalled Iván Helguera in the centre of defence. Capello has his work cut out to pick a team this week with a visit to Bucharest on Tuesday where Real need to get a point at least to consolidate their second place in their Champions League group and next Sunday's Clásico at home to Barcelona.
Match report

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