Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has vowed to fight on despite Sunday's 4-3 defeat to Sevilla leaving them nine points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona.
The injury-ravaged Spanish champions were always on the back foot after conceding in the third minute at the Bernabeu, but second-half goals from Fernando Gago and Gonzalo Higuain looked to have earned them a point at 3-3.
But Renato's 85th-minute winner led to scenes of discontent inside the stadium and left a downbeat Schuster fighting for his job.
"I am not going to resign because the players are giving everything that they have," he claimed.
"We just need a change of fortune and something going for us would be important.
"At times we do well and at other times not. Games are more than 90 minutes long."
However, Schuster's subsequent claim that his side will struggle to take anything from next weekend's 'Clasico' meeting with rivals Barcelona will not go down well with his Real Madrid paymasters.
"The game against Barcelona worries me less than any other game," continued the German coach.
"It is not possible to win because Barcelona are in devastating form and I believe that this is going to be their year."
Meanwhile, Thierry Henry is determined to avenge last season's defeats to Real Madrid when Barcelona lock horns with their perennial rivals again next weekend.
The high-flying Catalan club host their bitter rivals at the Camp Nou in the first of this season's crunch encounters on Saturday and the form of the two clubs could not be more contrasting.
Madrid won both 'Classico' derbies last season on their way to the league championship.
"I will be going out there to win,” said the France striker. “I don't care if Madrid are in crisis, if they have been losing or if they have a lot of injured players.
"In last season's game we had out own problems but nobody cried for Barca and now we are not going to cry for Madrid."
Elsewhere, Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez believes Sunday's 4-3 victory over Real will give his players the belief that they can win some silverware this season.
"This is a very difficult place to come and win, but this performance will give us the belief that we are capable of going anywhere and winning," said Jimenez.
"We believe in our chances of achieving something this season, but we know we can win or lose like everyone. This win will give us even more belief though.”Reuse content