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."