Real Madrid's star-studded squad received a
tongue-lashing from new Brazilian coach Wanderley Luxemburgo at training
after their humiliating Spanish Cup exit to second division Real
Luxemburgo gesticulated and lectured the team for several minutes before
putting them through their paces with now only the Champions League and
the league championship, where Barcelona hold a seven-point advantage,
to play for.
Luxemburgo, Real's third coach of the season - he replaced Mariano
Garcia Remon three weeks ago after guiding Santos to the Brazilian title
- now has to get Real back on track prior to their upcoming Champions
League encounter with Juventus.
But the immediate priority is beating recent bogey side Mallorca on
Sunday to keep alive hopes of a record 30th league title.
On Thursday, after the Valladolid debacle, Luxemburgo said the players "are
down but conscious that we are working to improve."
On Friday, Luxemburgo could also be seen deep in conversation with
director of football, Arrigo Sacchi, as the pair try to revitalise the
The players themselves are refusing to talk of a crisis, with Ronaldo
insisting that "seven points are nothing" in the league title race.
Meanwhile, fellow Brazilian Roberto Carlos said that his criticism of
the side after the Cup exit was not meant personally.
"We lacked motivation and that shouldn't happen in a great team.
"But if I spoke out of turn I apologise - we have to be united."