Goal hungry Real march on in Spain

As usual Bernd Schuster refused to get carried away following his team's 7-0 rout of Valladolid on Sunday that took the champions eight points in Spain.

updated: February 15, 2008 16:59 IST
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As usual Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster refused to get carried away following his team's 7-0 rout of Valladolid on Sunday that took the champions eight points clear in Spain.

With Barcelona dropping two valuable points in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Sevilla Real had the chance to extend their advantage and showed last weekend's 2-0 defeat by Almeria was only a blip.

"It is not normal to win 7-0 and we have to enjoy the games like this because next week will not be so easy," said German Schuster.

"When there is an emergency the team responds and and that is the biggest positive to take from today."

Valladolid felt Real's wrath for the Almeria defeat with the hosts storming into a 5-0 half-time lead courtesy of a Raul brace and goals from Arjen Robben, Julio Baptista and Guti.

Guti and Roysten Drenthe completed the rout in the second half although Real could not challenge their biggest ever win - a 11-2 victory over Elche back in the 1959/60 season.

Goals have been flowing for Real all season with the champions plundering 53 goals in 23 matches and Valencia (5-1), Villarreal (5-0) and Valladolid (7-0) have all been routed.

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard says Real are strong favourites for the title but Schuster, who said his Dutch counterpart is playing mind games, claims nothing is certain in football and Barca could produce a miracle run like Real did last season under Fabio Capello.

"Why can't Barcelona do it just like we did? Everything is possible in football, but I'm not worried because I didn't take part in that miracle," said Schuster.

"We want to win the league, which would give us a head start for the future. It's all I want. I'm not concerned about a turn-around. I intend to keep the title in Madrid."

Brazilian Baptista, who scored Real's winner against Barca at Camp Nou, claimed Real were unplayable against Valladolid and said Barcelona would find it tough to turn the title race around.

"I couldn't imagine that the game would be like that," said Baptista.

"We have a week to rest and recharge the batteries but we must also enjoy this because you don't score seven goals very often.

"People are concerned by what Barcelona are doing but we don't have to rely on anyone or fear anyone. They still have to come to the Bernabeu and other difficult grounds where we have already won."

Real have already played Barcelona, Espanyol, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal away and their run-in looks relatively straight forward compared to Barca's.

Real's next match is against Real Betis next weekend before the last 16 Champions League showdown with Roma on February 19.