Impossible is nothing, or so Bernd Schuster hopes

December 8, 2008

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster is all over the Spanish-speaking web, saying, “It’s impossible to win at the Nou Camp.”

Is he right? I guess it must feel that way after Barca’s 4-0 win over Valencia but I don’t suppose Schuster really believes it.

Schuster is engaging in a little light psychology ahead of the weekend’s match against Barcelona, setting the bar as low as possible in the hope of his team clearing it beautifully.

“The game against Barcelona is the one that worries me least,” Schuster said after Real’s latest defeat, 4-3 at home to Sevilla, left them nine points behind the leaders. “The team can put in a decent performance there, but you can’t talk about doing any more.”

It’s the sort of comment you expect from a spin doctor (or you do if you’ve watched a lot of The West Wing). If Real Madrid come away from Camp Nou with a draw, it will feel like a victory. If they are beaten, but not overwhelmed, it won’t seem like such a bad result.

The problem is, this is Real Madrid we’re talking about, club of the century, etc, etc, and a lot of influential people at the club don’t like it when coaches speak like that. 

Schuster’s words may prove to be a brilliant motivational technique, but even if Real Madrid achieve their “impossible” win I don’t think those comments will have done much for his long-term job prospects.

PHOTO: Real Madrid’s Raul reacts after missing a chance against Sevilla at the Bernabeu, Dec 7, 2008. REUTERS/Sergio Perez


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I think that Bernd is write.

A refresshing burst of honesty. Can’t see what the fuss is.

Posted by Captain | Report as abusive

I agree with Bernard Shuster, but I think that the big problem that the Real Madrid has, and it has always had, is that they do not invest any more in their junior teams. They only rely on players that they buy, which at the end, are just merely mercenaries that do not care about the team. If you take the example of Barcelona, which has a great Cantera tat provided a great deal of excellent players not only to their first team but also to the national team, you can realize why the realities of both teams are so different at this moment. Last season, to be fair, Real Madrid won because Barcelona was not playing at the top of their game, and Casillas performance was outstanding. It was not playing well at all and I think it was a mediocre champion. They need to look down on their reserves to realize the paradox of a team where everyone wants to play does not create players by itself. After they realize where the real problem is, they are going to become the team they always were.

… they should have seen this coming.