Even before the Spanish league season has kicked off, Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster bore the hallmarks of a man already burdened by the level of expectation at the Bernabeu.
The former Getafe coach was in an irritable mood after being quizzed by the media following his side’s 5-3 defeat to Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.
Schuster said he was not worried by the defeat, but his demeanour in the post-match news conference signified a man struggling to come to terms with the pressure of coaching Real Madrid.
“I don’t understand why you journalists keep interfering in our work,” the German said when asked why Guti was not in the starting line-up.
“I don’t interfere in your job because I haven’t got the qualifications. You can’t judge anything because I’m the one that works with the players every day.
Asked about whether he was concerned about his team’s defensive performance, Schuster replied by criticising the referee.
“It is too easy to blame the defence when you concede five goals, but there were some general errors leading up to the goals and the referee was at fault too.
“What I’m most preoccupied about is that we aren’t creating any chances.”
Schuster has a week to rectify the problems before his side face local rivals Atletico Madrid in the opening game of the season.