Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain has denied claims that there is a crisis beginning to engulf the Bernabeu club.
Coach Bernd Schuster has come under fire after a disappointing run of form which has left Real off the pace in both La Liga and the Champions League and also out of the Copa Del Rey to second division opposition.
The news that main striker Ruud van Nistelrooy will miss the rest of the season following knee surgery has added to Real's problems, but Higuain has denied claims that they are in crisis.
Following an emergency meeting between Schuster, sporting director Predrag Mijatovic and the squad, he said: "It has been a positive chat, but what we spoke about will remain amongst the team, out of respect to my team-mates and the club.
"There is no crisis since we are just two points off the lead and are doing well in the Champions League.
"Right now we are only thinking about forgetting the cup defeat and winning in Valladolid."