Interim coach SantiagoΒ Solari begins Real Madrid spell with a victory as many challenges wait with La Liga & Champions League back in action.

After four months, accustomed to the monotonous tone of Lopetegui and his way of coaching, Santiago Solari’s words referred to the depths of football mud. Given the opportunity to display his credentials, which is probably the most televised moment of his career, the former Real Madrid winger soaked up his reputation as an intellectual and launched a vicious message. In an area like that of coaches, increasingly dominated by technocratic discourse, the thing sounded like a revolution.

After the comfortable victory in the Copa Del Rey match against a Second B team, Santiago Solari now faces three games in eight days of more substance. It will be there where the possible improvement of the Los Blancos is to be measured after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui. Also where it will get verified if the Argentine coach has done about the control of the dressing room and if his message creeps into the template.

Now he has three major challenges with a group of players who was skeptical about his appointment when Florentino Perez raised the name of Solari. In addition, the whole squad knows that Solari is a technician with the weak link since the club itself has said that he is provisional. If Lopetegui arrived in June, it is due to Low, Allegri, Klopp, and Pochettino, all rejected the job. Now Solari occupies it because there was no agreement failed with Antonio Conte too.

The Argentine coach knows the codes of the dressing room, and what the players can comment on in such a special situation. Not in vain, Solari himself was a high-level footballer for several years and international with the Albiceleste. Valladolid at home this Saturday, a visit to Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday in the Champions League and match in Vigo against Celta are the immediate commitments of Madrid. A simple calendar, but the leaking defense and bad line upfront carry a general doubt.

Solari has to decide at the outset who his goalkeeper is. Courtois came in the summer to start but has failed to deliver great performance up till now. There he has the first challenge because the club wants the Belgian, and the squad supports Keylor Navas. Also, the coach must decide if Vinicius Junior is a starter in any of these matches in the case of Mariano’s injury, and Bale’s dismal match at Camp Nou or as a meritorious one.

Finally, Solari has to rebuild a defense with Varane and Marcelo injured for a month and Carvajal, who has been out for three weeks, even with two or three more recovery. They are the three holders. In addition, the central Vallejo spends more time injured and does not count. Nacho, with the likes of Sergio Ramos and Odriozola and Reguilon on the side, are the only options. Regarding, what he asks from the footballers, Solari recalled, “There are some values and everyone knows them. They are some values of Real Madrid. The ambition, the desire to attack, to carry the weight of the game, never to give up … That is why this club has won everything and has won for so many years.”


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