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New coach proves there is life at Real after Capello

AFP , MADRID

New Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster can do no wrong at the moment with the champions starting with a perfect two wins and playing the sort of exhilarating soccer that his predecessor Fabio Capello could not provide.

A maximum six points and seven goals scored represents a dream start for Schuster who had initially come under fire following an indifferent pre-season and a humiliating Super Cup defeat to Sevilla.

But that is all forgotten now and Schuster will hope the international break has not disrupted his team's rhythm as they look to continue their 100 percent start in today's home match against promoted Almeria.

With just two games gone the Spanish league table has a familiar look to it with champions Real leading the 20-strong pack while arch rivals Barcelona lie third two points adrift.

Barcelona travel to Osasuna tomorrow aiming to build on their impressive 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao last time out.

Barcelona were in fine form that night but their result was eclipsed by Real whose 5-0 rout of Villarreal represented their biggest away win in over a decade and this week club president Ramon Calderon went as far as saying Real are currently the best team in Europe.

"Right now Real Madrid is the best team in Europe. We may not have the best players but we have the best team on the continent," Calderon enthused.

Dutch international Wesley Sneijder, who inherited David Beckham's number 23 shirt, has been the star of the season so far scoring three goals to help power Real to the summit.

Sneijder is already coming to terms with the inevitable comparisons to dead-ball specialist Beckham but says he is his own man.

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