Sunday , April 2 2023

Football: Real Madrid rewards the Interim Solari with a permanent contract


MADRID: Real Madrid's interim manager, Santiago Solari, has been appointed permanent coach on Monday (November 12th) after watching an amazing comeback in the fortunes of European champions since joining Julen Lopetegui.

"Everything is fine. Real Madrid has developed its contract and there are no problems," said the Spanish football federation.

Solari led Real to four wins in four after being installed on a care base after losing to Lopetegui suddenly last month.

And with 15 goals scored and only two fired he set the best start ever for a Real manager.

After striking Melilla in Copa del Rey, they won 5-0 with Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, between victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.

Revenge has left Madrid just four points at the top of the Barcelona leaders' ranking and a qualifying step for the last 16 in Europe.

Solari, who played for Real's five years, was promoted from his role as Castilla, B's team, after Lopetegui was overseeing a miserable run that included just one win in seven matches.

The last of them, with a 5-1 strike in the hands of Barcelona, ​​showed the final straw for club president Florentino Perez, but the team returned under the new coach.

Solari is Perez's 13th manager in 15 seasons on two separate seasons at Santiago Bernabeu.

"He did a good job," Madrid club manager Emilio Butragueno said on Sunday. "We are very pleased with the way things went."

Few people could challenge the results, which have helped Solari gain a chance to prove himself for a longer period.


He pointed out at the opening of the press conference that he was open to keeping his full-time job.

"It's a great opportunity and it's a great club," Solari said. "I'm not just saying that now as coach of the first team. I was here with other teams, I played and sweat in the club's shirt.

"Madrid is bigger than all of us, but it touches us all with its greatness. I want to be part of it."

Zinedine Zidane also grew up in the middle of the Castilla coaching season in 2016 and led the team to the Champions League glory five months later.

Solari sang the comparisons with Zidane, who commanded instant respect for his brilliant career and long-standing club status, enhancing his status as a true legend, winning three consecutive crowns of the Champions League.

"It's one of the biggest things I've ever had in this club," Solari said last month. "He is very calm, a great coach and no one can compare to him."

The challenge for Solari will be to manage the gym when the results change.

After the international break, the generous Madrid game continued with league matches against Eibar, Valencia, Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal before Christmas, none of which are currently in the first half of the League.

They will also play Roma in Italy and CSKA Moscow home in the Champions League, two games that could settle through the top of the group G.

Solari allowed only two weeks as interim coach under Spanish regulations, which means that the Sunday voyage to Celta Vigo has always been able to precede a decision on his future.

An impressive final hearing was proved because Madrid made a 4-2 victory, and Solari had to adapt to a number of injuries during the game.

"We will go to death with him, he is a great coach and of course we want to continue," said Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola, afterwards.

This will be Solari's work, responsible for a first team.

Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Joachim Low have all been linked to this position, with fresh approaches still possible next summer.

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