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Real lacking fire power, admits Schuster

SoccerNews in La Liga 1 Sep 2008

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Real Madrid's German coach Bernd Schuster admitted Monday that his side had lacked strike power after losing their season opener 2-1 to Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend.

“I didn't see any striker on the bench. I looked to my left and there was none, said Schuster, who has asked club management to bring in new forwards for the season. “We have no other choice but to attack the season with what we have,” he added.

Real did not replace striker Roberto Soldado, who was sold to Getafe.

The club focused on their failed bid to sign Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, and Spanish international striker David Villa from Valencia.

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola by contrast is spoilt for choice in his forward line with Samuel Eto'o, Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi, Bojan Krkic and Eidur Gudjohnsen, but they also lost their season opener 1-0 to promoted Numancia.

“We didn't know how to attack,” said Guardiola.

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