Ousted Luxemburgo criticises Real's lack of patience
Sacked Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo has
criticised the Primera Liga club for failing to support him through a difficult
"When I arrived here I thought we were taking on a project together," Brazilian
Luxemburgo read from a written statement on Thursday.
"I thought that in Europe they had more respect for projects, that did not
depend on one result."
Luxemburgo, sacked last Sunday after 11 months at the helm, said the seeds of
his downfall were sown in Real's 3-0 home defeat to champions Barcelona last
Although the result was bad enough it was the manner in which Barca romped to
victory in the Bernabeu that proved particularly damaging.
"I never thought that losing a 'clasico' against Barca would create such
instability in a club as big as Real, and put the coach's job in such danger,"
"Although I am disillusioned by this turn of events it has shown me how this
Luxemburgo, who has been replaced on a caretaker basis by youth team coach Juan
Ramon Lopez Caro, felt that if the club had shown more patience he would have
"I had expected to have good times and bad times as happens with other clubs who
go on to win titles," Luxemburgo continued.
"We were in a bad situation but I knew that within three weeks we would have had
all our players back in training. I was surprised when the club did not seem to
"I have always said I thought we would win the league because I knew the team
would develop and grow. I was sure we would win at least one of the titles we
were aiming for.
"I never thought it would all be cut short like this." Luxemburgo, the fifth
coach Real have had in two and a half years without a major trophy, left the
club in fourth place in the Primera Liga six points short of leaders Barcelona.
They have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and are in
the last 16 of the King's Cup.