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Christian Schäfer - Der Professor

Can the librarian from Dresden revolutionise football?
Started on 3 April 2016 by Justice
Latest Reply on 25 June 2018 by Justice
Good Luck Steve :/
Sorry mate, i do hope you win, but Leicester being in the Super Cup is fantastic!!
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8 yearsEdited

Ronaldo Inspires Real To Super Cup Glory

Cristiano Ronaldo Scored Twice As Real Madrid Defeated Leicester In The UEFA Super Cup


In Christian Schäfer's first game in charge of Real Madrid, his team were victorious against Leicester City in the UEFA Super Cup. Club captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in an inspirational performance, opening his last campaign as a football player with a bang.

vs Leicester (15/08/2023) UEFA Super Cup

Christian Schäfer opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation for his first game in charge. Cristiano Ronaldo lead the line, leaving Anthony Martial on the bench. €90M winger Hirving Lozano made his debut alongside Isco and James Rodríguez in attacking midfield. Andrés Cubas also made his debut, pairing up with Mateo Kovacic in midfield.

It took less than two minutes for Real Madrid to open their account for the season, and it was their number seven and captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, who produced the goods. Raphaël Varane intercepted a sloppy pass from Zach Clough and picked out James Rodríguez on the right wing. The Colombian attacker centered the ball for Cristiano Ronaldo who struck the ball first time, from all of twenty yards out, out of Zacharie Bouchier's reach and in to the bottom corner. Real Madrid were in the ascendancy.

Raphaël Varane doubled Real Madrid's lead fifteen minutes later. Real Madrid had a moment of sustained pressure, winning a number of corners. James Rodríguez delivered the ball in to the front post area, and the French defender Raphaël Varane was on hand to power a header past the goalkeeper and in to the goal. It was looking very rosy for Los Blancos.

Leicester City halved the deficit five minutes later through striker Zach Clough. Will Hughes intercepted an Isco pass before sending Jean-Kévin Augustin in to space on the left wing. The Frenchman picked out an unmarked Zach Clough in the area, who's initial shot was parried by Juan Carlos Triviño, but was not to be denied on the second time of asking as he pounced on the rebound.

This goal opened up the game, with plenty occuring during the remainder of the half. Clough had an opportunity to score an equaliser on the half-hour mark but he skied his one-on-one effort. Minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo struck the post with a long-range effort. Next, Ronaldo teed up Lozano but the Mexican's powerful drive was blocked by goalkeeper Bouchier.

Lozano had the greatest opportunity to double Real Madrid's lead once more when Bernat's throw landed at his feet with a clear passage in to the box. The Mexican stormed in to the area to face the goalkeeper, but his shot was once again saved by the Reunionese international.

It was Ronaldo who scored the only goal of the second half, and he did so with style. Real Madrid had won a free-kick on the edge of the D, and up stepped the legendary No.7. With his signature stride to the ball, Ronaldo found the top corner with a powerful effort. The Real Madrid support erupted with a triumphant roar, as their side regained their two-goal cushion.

The goal had put the game beyond any doubt, securing the UEFA Super Cup for Real Madrid and Christian Schäfer. Next up is be the Supercopa de España, where FC Barcelona will certainly prove to be more formidable opponents for Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. Can Christian Schäfer add a second trophy when his side face Barcelona?

Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid) 9.0

Christian Schäfer's Post-Match Interview:
"It was a magnificent performance to give us the victory. Cristiano lead the line today to great effect, and he scored twice to give something to show for his efforts. We kept Leicester on the back foot, for the most part, and restricted them to just a handful of chances. I feel that with more time, we will play even better and become more dominant in matches."

Previous Update: #60 - Schäfer: Leicester No Pushover
Next Update: #62 - Schäfer: El Clásico Is The Ultimate Home Debut
Zach Clough scoring in a UEFA Super Cup Final! What is this? Great win mate, nice to get some silverware in your first official game in charge!
one two one ..too.. cool
Congrats on another trophy
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8 yearsEdited

Schäfer: El Clásico Is The Ultimate Home Debut

Christian Schäfer Anticipates Strong Barcelona Performance In His First El Clásico


Ahead of tomorrow's Supercopa de España first leg between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu, Los Blancos manager Christian Schäfer spoke of his delight to be making his home debut as Real Madrid manager. Schäfer proclaimed that there would be no better way to make a home debut than in an El Clásico fixture.

Christian, congratulations on securing the UEFA Super Cup. How special an occasion was it?

Christian Schäfer: "It was absolutely fantastic for this football club to lift the Super Cup once more. The players gave it their all and produced a marvelous performance when it mattered. Credit has to go to Pochettino and his Leicester players, they played valiantly and deserve plenty of praise for their performance."

Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show once again, bagging a brace. Is he still the key man for Real Madrid, despite this being his final season as a player?

Christian Schäfer: "Absolutely. Cristiano is a model professional who always pushes himself to the next level. He gave his all in the Super Cup and he got his just-rewards in the form of two goals. He loves performing on the big stage and he lead the line well. He played up front to great effect, and linked up with the other attackers superbly. It was a pleasure to watch him in action, and I cannot wait to see how he performs tomorrow."

UEFA Super Cup two days ago, Supercopa de España tomorrow. How has the squad coped with the pressure of performing in these type of games so early in the season?

Christian Schäfer: "The majority of the players are no strangers to big cup finals, and they can deal with the pressure very well. This squad contains a number of champions and born winners, and we look to win every competition possible. The pressure does nothing but encourage and invigorate the squad to perform better and to come out on top in the big games. We belong on the big stage, and we are certainly not afraid of defeat."

The upcoming fixture will not only be your home debut, but also your first taste of El Clásico. Are you prepared for the intensity of such a fixture?

Christian Schäfer: "It is a fantastic occasion between two of Europe's most successful football clubs. Real Madrid and Barcelona are revered world-wide and the game will be followed by millions globally. I have competed in the Superclásico during my time as Brazil manager (against Argentina), and that was always an intense fixture. Real Madrid versus Barcelona, however, is a different story. When these two teams lock horns, sparks fly and magical football occurs. Memories which pass the test of time are created, and I look forward to being a part of it. In many ways, it is the ultimate home debut

Of course, Barcelona have some absolutely fantastic players. There is Lionel Messi, of course, who has had an undoubtedly outstanding career. They have Neymar too, who was my captain during my time with Brazil. He's a superb attack and can produce at any moment. But we have nothing to fear. Our squad is as strong as it ever was and we will look to play our best football in order to produce victory."

Do you have a message for the Real Madrid fans ahead of tomorrow's fixture?

Christian Schäfer: "I can only for the Real Madrid supporters to get behind their team, just as they have in the past. I can promise that we will try our hardest to come out on top against our arch-rivals, and I cannot wait for the atmosphere at the game. We will try our best to be the best, and I know the supporters will too."

Previous Update: #61 - Ronaldo Inspires Real To Super Cup Glory
Next Update: #63 - Real Run Rampant In Supercopa de España
Can we get an idea of what the Barcelona squad looks like now and the careers some of their established players have had?
Mauricio Pochettino is manager of Leicester? Brilliant :D as for the supercopa de espana good luck mate, Barca will be more than difficult opponents but you've got it in you to pull it out of the bag!
Big test coming up but I'm sure the librarian will have all the answers ;)
That's a huge home welcoming - the El Clasico?! Hoping you can pull off a thrashing ;)
Will be a great match to kickoff the season
Griffo, well first things first, Barcelona are currently under their third managerial reign since the start of the save. Luis Enrique resigned in 2016 to take the vacant Spain position, having won the Copa del Ray and Supercopa de España in the 15/16 season. Laurent Blanc was his successor, but he was sacked in 2019 (after three seasons) having not one a single trophy during his time at Barcelona. Joachim Löw has been the manager since, having won the league three times in four seasons (current champions), Champions League in 2020, Club World Cup in 2020, Supercopa de España in 2021, and the Copa del Ray in 2023.

Their squad still has a number of players from the start of the save, including current captain Lionel Messi (36), Luis Suárez (36), Sergio Busquets (35), vice-captain Neymar (31), Marc-André ter Stegen (31) and Rafinha (30). As you can imagine, Messi, Suárez & Busquets are certainly playing bit-part roles, as they are certainly in the twilight of their careers.

Neymar & Andrija Zivkovic are currently Barcelona's two star players. They have quite a settled back four in the form of Silvan Widmer, Aleksander Dragovic, Joël Matip and Ünal Turut (Turkish regen DL). Andrija Zivkovic and Neymar usually flank a midfield of Dani Ceballos and James Ward-Prowse, although Julian Weigl provides plenty of competition. Martin Ødegaard has made the No.10 role his own, although Matheus Pereira does contest the spot on occasion. Up top, it is Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi who battle for a starting spot, certainly an interesting battle.
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8 yearsEdited

Real Run Rampant In Supercopa de España

James Rodríguez Scored A Stunning Free-Kick In The First Leg As His Team Dominated

18/08/2023 - 21/08/2023

Real Madrid claimed their second trophy of the season in the form of the Supercopa de España as they crushed arch-rivals FC Barcelona 9-0 on aggregate. This included an outstanding 7-0 home victory, the largest victory by either side in an El Clásico fixture in 80 years. Real Madrid's French striker Anthony Martial scored five goals over the course of the two legs, while club captain Cristiano Ronaldo was also on target in the first leg.

vs Barcelona (18/08/2023) Supercopa de España Leg 1

The prospect of facing FC Barcelona prompted Christian Schäfer to opt for a 4-3-3 formation. Toni Kroos replaced Isco, to partner Andrés Cubas and Mateo Kovacic in a midfield triangle. Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his more natural left wing position, while Anthony Martial started up front, replacing Hirving Lozano. Leonel Cardozo (DC) picked up a dead leg in training, and was replaced by Pasca Andrei Sorin as a result.

Stand-in captain Neymar lead the FC Barcelona line. Former Real Madrid player Martin Ødegaard started in attacking midfield, while Andrija Zivkovic and Matheus Pereira flanked James Ward-Prowse and Julian Weigl in midfield. This meant that there was no place for either Luis Suárez or Lionel Messi in the team, a team selection by Joachim Löw which shocked many Barcelona supporters.

It took no longer than four minutes for Real Madrid to assert their dominance on the fixture, as Anthony Martial spearheaded a quick-moving counter-attack. The Frenchman picked out James Rodríguez in acres of space on the right wing, and his cross was dinked over the Barcelona defence by Cristiano Ronaldo, and in to the path of the onrushing Mateo Kovacic who swept the ball past the helpless Marc-André ter Stegen in Barcelona's goal. Real Madrid had claimed the first goal of many in an emphatic victory.

Anthony Martial looked to have doubled Real's lead just minutes later when Andrés Cubas picked him out with a brilliantly-threaded through ball, but the Frenchman's effort was tipped away by the alert Marc-André ter Stegen.

Martial was not to be denied, and he scored the first of many no more than two minutes later. Toni Kroos' sweeping long ball to Juan Bernat opened up space in the final third and James Rodríguez received the left-back's clever cut-back before teeing up Anthony Martial who found the top-right corner with a drilled effort from no more than ten yards out.

Cristiano Ronaldo got in on the action when Juan Bernat was brought down by Silvan Widmer in the box to hand Real Madrid a penalty. Up stepped the Portugese magician, who sent the keeper the wrong to give Real Madrid an incredible three-goal lead within the opening fifteen minutes.

Anthony Martial would go on to add his second of the game before the half-hour mark, and he would never get an easier opportunity to do so. From James Rodríguez' corner, Pasca Andrei Sorin powered a volley straight at Marc-André ter Stegen. However, the German goalkeeper spilled the ball in to the path of Martial who doubled his tally for the game with ease.

The second half was much like the first, with Real Madrid undoubtedly in the ascendancy. Substitute Eden LuaLua, who came on to make his debut for the club, picked out Cristiano Ronaldo with a lofted pass, and the Portuguese wide-man cushioned a header to Martial. The Frenchman left Aleksander Dragovic on his ass with a clever turn before side-footing past ter Stegen to complete his hat-trick before the hour mark.

Martial was not done yet, however, as he got on the end of substitute Hirving Lozano's low cross to poke past ter Stegen and score his fourth goal of the game. He was in incredible form and he knew it, as he earned a rapturous cheer from the Real Madrid fans.

At 6-0, Barcelona looked dead and buried. But Real Madrid, and James Rodríguez, were not done yet. The Colombian stepped up to a free-kick opportunity in the dying seconds of stoppage time, and curled the ball around the wall and in to the bottom corner to seal a memorable victory for Los Blancos.

Anthony Martial (Real Madrid) 9.8

Christian Schäfer's Post-Match Interview:
"I'm just speechless, it was the perfect home debut for me! We outclassed Barcelona in every single aspect, and the fans urged the players to continue scoring when the game was already well beyond any doubt. We are now in an extremely strong position in this tie and I don't see any way back for Barcelona now."

vs Barcelona (21/08/2023) Supercopa de España Leg 2

It was an unchanged line-up for Real Madrid, following a terrific first-leg performance. Luis Suárez came in for Matheus Pereira, in the Barcelona line-up, pushing Neymar to the left wing. Julian Weigl, Sylvian Widmer and Joel Matip were also replaced for poor performances, as Dani Ceballos, Victor Lindelöf and Antonio Rüdiger came in to the side.

The changes did not offer much respite to Joachim Löw's side in the opening minutes, as Real Madrid capitalised on poor defending from the hosts. Alessandro Florenzi picked up a loose pass in Barcelona's third, and played a dangerous cross from the goal-line. Anthony Martial was on hand to power a header past ter Stegen to give Real Madrid an away goal, and to further embarrass a distraught Barcelona side.

Neymar looked to make amends for his side's shortcomings in the previous fixture, and he nearly got his name on the scoresheet twenty minutes in to the game. The Brazilian showed Juan Bernat a clean set of heels before surging in the box. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Neymar struck a powerful drive towards the bottom corner, but Real Madrid's Juan Carlos Triviño was more than capable of matching the effort, as the Madrid-born shot-stopper kept his childhood team in the ascendancy with a stunning low save.

Barcelona thought they tied the game on the night ten minutes before half-time after some brilliant passing play on the left. Richairo Zivkovic found himself in plenty of space on the left wing and his cross picked out Martin Ødegaard five yards from goal but the Norwegian saw his effort saved by a truly outstanding Juan Carlos Triviño. Real Madrid's very own home-grown talent produced the goods once more.

Real Madrid sealed their second victory against Barcelona in as many games with twenty minutes to spare on the night. From a Barcelona corner, Real Madrid's substitute Cebolinha stormed forward with the ball, having won the initial header, and he picked out Italian wing-back Alessandro Florenzi in plenty of space. Florenzi's low cross proved to be out of reach of the helpless ter Stegen, and Hirving Lozano was at the back post to tap in his first goal for Real Madrid.

Toni Kroos and Cebolinha looked to add to Real Madrid's tally before full-time with speculative long-range efforts which tested ter Stegen, but the German goalkeeper proved to be up to the task and kept Real Madrid's goal tally over the two legs at nine. In a two-legged affair which Real Madrid dominated, Barcelona were no match for the quality of players in the ranks of Los Blancos.

Alessandro Florenzi (Real Madrid) 8.7

Christian Schäfer's Post-Match Interview:
"It wasn't quite seven-nil, but this result was also fantastic. We kept cleansheets over the two legs and scoring plenty of goals. I am very proud of the players and I am delighted to have won yet another trophy."

Previous Update: #62 - Schäfer: El Clásico Is The Ultimate Home Debut
Next Update: #64 - Schäfer: Real's Best Ever Performance

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