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Under-fire Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster took the decision to skip Sunday’s voluntary training session despite his side plunging deeper and deeper into turmoil following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Real Valladolid.

The German-born trainer, already under unbearable pressure from the fans, the boardroom and the media, did himself no favours when he opted to give Sunday’s post-game team gathering a miss.

According to Marca, it is believed that only five players turned up for the session and although it is nothing more than a voluntary workout for players to recover from the night before, Schuster’s absence will no doubt leave his detractors further opportunity to destabilize the squad following recent allegations that he is far from a popular man in the dressing room amongst his charges because of his lack of interaction.

The ex-Getafe trainer had initially arranged for the entire squad, and himself, to have two days off after the weekend game due to the upcoming international break. But he was ordered by the boardroom to drastically change plans following their elimination from the Copa del Rey last week and Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Valladolid.

And sporting director, Predrag Mijatovic would not have been amused when he dropped by the Valdebebas training ground himself to find his coach missing. Mijatovic’s evening was made all the more miserable when he turned up at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano to watch Real Madrid Castilla’s game against Atlético Madrid B, only to be heckled and whistled non-stop by the merengue faithful.

KS Leong