Luxemburgo hangs on as Augenthaler pays price

Augenthaler was dismissed as coach by Bayer Leverkusen after a poor start to the domestic season was followed by a midweek defeat in Europe, exactly the same scenario which Luxemburgo faces.

There is also a freakish sense of déjà vu about his situation. A year ago, his predecessor, Jose Antonio Camacho, resigned after Real followed a 3-0 Champions' League defeat by losing their third league match of the season away to Espanyol. Tomorrow, for their third match of the season, Real, who lost 3-0 in Lyon in midweek, are away to Espanyol.

Real also lost at home to Celta Vigo last weekend and, having spent £50m on new signings in the close season, Luxemburgo has been heavily criticised.

He has been condemned for playing players out of position and insisting the team adopts a Brazilian-style tactical formation without wingers.

His decision to move new signing Julio Baptista to an unaccustomed slot on the left, and to play David Beckham in a narrow right position, has congested the midfield and made it difficult for the club's powerful forward line to shine.

But Luxemburgo said he has no intention of following Camacho's example and walking away.

"I'm certainly not going to throw out a system just because of what happened this week," he said. "I'm not going to change because people criticise it - just take a look at my record and the trophies I've won."

Elsewhere in Spain, the champions, Barcelona, travel to Atletico Madrid tomorrow while the two clubs left with 100 per cent records, the Galician neighbours Celta and Deportivo La Coruña host Racing Santander and visit Valencia respectively.

Augenthaler's departure came in the wake of Leverkusen suffering their worst start to a Bundesliga season in 22 years and a home defeat to CSKA Sofia in the Uefa Cup.

The former Germany coach Rudi Völler, who is Leverkusen's sporting director, has stepped in as caretaker for tomorrow's match with MSV Duisburg.

Another coach under pressure is Schalke 04's Ralf Rangnick. Schalke lost to PSV Eindhoven in midweek and the club's general manager, Rudi Assauer, said afterwards: "I won't accept performances like that. It was a catastrophe and I need to speak to the players about it - and the coach."

Assauer sacked Jupp Heynckes after four league matches last season. Schalke, fourth in the Bundesliga, are at home to Hertha Berlin tomorrow.

The only worry for Felix Magath, coach of Bayern Munich, is whether Michael Ballack's ankle injury will prevent Bayern setting a record for consecutive Bundesliga wins at home to Hanover 96 today.

It should not. Bayern have won their last 13 league matches, nine on the run-in to the title last season and the first four this term, to match their run in 1981. Hanover have only managed one win this season.

In Italy, champions Juventus should maintain their perfect start to the season at home to promoted Ascoli tomorrow. The other clubs with 100 per cent records, Udinese and Livorno, will tomorrow go to Fiorentina and host Roma respectively.

Milan visit Sampdoria tomorrow and Internazionale play host to Lecce tonight.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible