MADRID, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster returns to face his former club Getafe for the first time in the Primera Liga on Sunday.
The German was particularly successful against his current employers, the league leaders and Spanish champions, steering the modest club from the south of Madrid to a 1-0 win and a 1-1 draw at the Coliseum in league games over the last two seasons.
Former Denmark international Michael Laudrup stepped in to replace Schuster when he left in July, but has yet to record his first win in the league and the club have slipped to second bottom in the standings.
'It will be a special game for me because I had two very enjoyable years there,' Schuster told a news conference on Saturday.
'They are playing well and creating chances but the ball isn't going in, it's just a question of time. I have told my team this. We need to prepare ourselves for another very difficult day like the ones Real have had there in the past.'
Real have never beaten Getafe away in the league.
Schuster went on to back Real's decision to issue all the players with a new code of conduct book on Friday, that impressed the virtues of punctuality, showing respect for the management and fans, and leading a healthy private life among other points.
'It's important for the team and me. We have a great responsibility when we go out to represent the club. We can't just be like other people, it's the price we have to pay. The conduct of the players is very important,' he added.
Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has been carrying a minor injury, has been rested from the squad for Sunday, while defenders Pepe and Christoph Metzelder are still injured.