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Schuster bullish ahead of vital game for Real future

Under-fire Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has said that he has no reason to consider resigning from the club as reports in Spain claim he will face an ultimatum should his team lose again this weekend.

The German coach is under intense pressure at the Bernabéu after defeats in Europe and the Copa del Rey have been compounded with stuttering league form.

Madrid entertain Recreativo on Saturday and anything other than a convincing win could see his sitaution became very unstable, but he will certainly not be resigning.

"I have not thought about going because there is no reason to," Marca quote him as telling the media at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

"I believe I have the support of the club and that is all I need to remain calm and to continue doing my job."

Despite rumours suggesting that Carlo Ancelotti is being lined up to take over the role, Schuster does not believe that he will be forced out if Madrid lose to Recreativo.

"If it was up to the press then, yes, but I think that the club want me to stay. I laugh about some of the stories that have come out with my friends," he said.

Meanwhile defender Michel Salgado has backed Schuster to lead the team out of their current predicament.

"Whenever there is a bad result, and in this case it was the elimination from the Copa del Rey, all sorts of excuses come up and everyone has an opinion," he said. "But this team has won title for exactly one reason: its unity. This team has what it takes to overcome adversity.

"We are standing by (Schuster's) side because he recently led us to a league title. We need him, and he needs us to get over this situation. I really don't think it's that dire of a situation to begin with. We need to remain focused, end the streak, and forget about the Copa del Rey."

Salgado urged the club's fans to keep faith with the team while things are not going as well as hoped.

"Everyone is a little nervous and we must continue telling our fans that they can have faith in us, which would give the team and club some sense of stability," he added in an interview with Grada Blanca magazine.

"It has been a strange week. There were international matches in the middle of the week and very few players were here for training. There was a feeling of nervousness, but I hope it doesn't affect us on the pitch.

"Much of what has been said are things the club needs to deal with, which is why we need to focus on football and the match against Recre. No match in La Liga is easy. I think we are our own worst enemy on Saturday. We'll have to see how we do and if we are capable of getting our fans into it.

"We have to get over this situation, play calmly and win the match. It will be difficult because they know their fans will be loud if they are capable of maintaining the (goalless) score for a long period of time."


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