Schuster Out, Ramos In at Real Madrid

Real Madrid have sacked Bernd Schuster as manager and replaced him with former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos until the end of the season.

The 54-year-old will lead the Spanish side for the first time on Wednesday evening for their Champions League match at home to Zenit St Petersburg.

Real are currently fifth in the Primera Liga, nine points behind Barcelona who they face on Saturday. And after a 4-3 loss to Sevilla at home on Sunday, there is not a lot of hope in them beating Barca.

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted the team’s form had taken a massive dip, saying: “At the moment the team isn’t capable of winning trophies because Barcelona lead us by nine points and it’s true that they’re playing well.”

“We are going through a bad run. Defensively we are vulnerable, and I’m the first (to blame).

“At the moment it seems that our opponents will have three chances and score three goals and it’s clear that we are all to blame.

“I have been 10 seasons in the Primera Liga and this, for now, is the worst start I have had.”