Solari running out of credit at Madrid

March 1, 2019

It isn’t a time for reflection but rather to collect data and make decisions quicker than they have been made in recent seasons.

That is the thought at least from those in power at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after Real Madrid’s 3-0 Copa del Rey loss to Barcelona.

The proximity of decisive matches, with Barcelona returning to the capital in LaLiga Santander duty on Saturday, before Ajax arrive in town for the return leg of their Champions League last 16 clash, means prudence and patience are needed.

However, judgements will be made on the situation sooner than some may think.

The decent performances put forward by Real in their semi-final meetings withBarcelona are not enough for Santiago Solari, whose lives are running out.

He knows that he has very few left to convince and can only really do so with a win on Saturday when the Blaugrana return to the Bernabeu in LaLiga Santander.

The Argentine remains true to his ideas and knows that he is being closely watched and perhaps even played every step of the way but he is acting like the long-term coach at all times.

He asked for support and the club gave it to him, with decisions being made internally that surprised and although they wouldn’t have been noticed much from outside, they demonstrated that he is the man with the power.

If he is to go down, then he will do so with his own ideas which he refuses to give up on and he has relayed as much to the Real hierarchy.

He told president Florentino Perez as much during a meeting last week and is showing it with his line-ups, completely turning his back on Isco and benching players like Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio.

Those four players have shaped the club and their success in recent years but their value has now been reduced under Solari.

“The ones who play better are the men who play,” is the mantra heard in the dressing room.

To his credit, it should be noted that he has given chances to players like Sergio Reguilon and Vinicius in particular, who has been a breath of fresh air.

He is viewed as being a player who can become a star capable of doing something great, as long as senior figures help him.

Neither man was part of Julen Lopetegui‘s plans and have taken a big step under the Argentine but ultimately, it hasn’t been enough to overcome Barcelona.

They have been the most positive news for Madrid of late with their emergence but Los Blancos are a club which lives on results and most importantly, winning.

You can’t look to the future at the expense of the present when you have endured a painful elimination against your rivals.

The club hierarchy know that they have to act in the summer, notably changing some players but they maintain that the current transfer policy is the correct one.

They don’t intend to enter into nonsensical bid territory to bring players in but they do know that they may have to bring in a key man to lead the team.

However, they also believe that the current squad is also better than their performances suggest and which some give them credit for.



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