Bernd Schuster spoke about Real Madrid's recent form and couldn't resist a smile when asked about Cristiano Ronaldo's frustration at seeing his goals dry up in the league. Schuster was out in the Spanish capital with Raúl, Figo and Fernando Hierro to watch flamenco artist José Mercé in concert.
“We say that it’s nothing to be worried about, because other players in the team are scoring – Casemiro, Isco, etcetera… but as coaches, we are obliged to find a solution to these situations. It can all change in one game – you score and everything changes and is back to normal. But it’s funny to see the look on Cristiano’s face when he doesn’t score. It’s a classic thing for goal scorers. Here, there was another one who I used to coach – Raúl and he was the same", Schuster explained. When they don’t score, they’re on your back. That’s their job and what they live for. They never get judged on how many passes they’ve made, how many kilometres they’ve ran… They are all about the goals they score and the bar is set very high every year”.
Madrid are going to miss Morata this season - Schuster
The German, who spent time as a player and a coach at Madrid feel that it was a big mistake to sell Álvaro Morata to Chelsea and that the club will rue that decision. “I was very sorry to see Morata leave; I think his departure did a lot of damage to Madrid. They are going to miss him during the season but they do have a lot of alternatives if a player is out for a while”.
As for Sunday's win, Schuster says that the most important thing was getting back to winning ways against Las Palmas rather than putting in a dazzling performance:
“More than anything else, it was getting a result which mattered. We know that the season is long and there are a lot of games to get through – and especially this season. I’m not surprised that Madrid have had a little dip in form at this point in the season. It’s partly for the games they had at the start of the campaign, the Supercups… that with the international breaks - it’s normal that they are starting to feel tired now. But they have a great deal of experience, they know that you cannot be amazing from one day to the next – sometimes you just have to grind out a result, even if you don’t play particularly well".