Published: October 30, 2018 10:48:35 pm
Real Madrid’s interim coach Santiago Solari says the squad are hurting however determined to flip round their dismal begin to the season. Julen Lopetegui was sacked on Monday, after 4 and a half months in cost, and changed by Madrid B workforce coach Solari, who confronted the media for the primary time on Tuesday.
“I have found a group in pain but eager to start and reverse the situation,” Solari instructed reporters after supervising his first coaching session. “It is a group of champions and warriors, it is not the easiest situation, but I see they want to turn it around.”
Madrid are ninth in La Liga after a 5-1 drubbing by Barcelona on Sunday. Solari’s preliminary job is a conflict with third-tier minnows Melilla in the primary leg of their Copa del Rey final 32 conflict on Wednesday.
But he says the journey to the tiny Spanish autonomous enclave in north Africa is an opportunity to get back on monitor.
“The idea is to go to Melilla and show a lot of character,” stated Solari. “I have great hopes. To work at Madrid is a great opportunity.”
Solari will hope that he can comply with in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane who additionally stepped up from B workforce coach after Rafael Benitez was sacked in January 2016. Zidane led Madrid to three consecutive Champions League triumphs however Solari just isn’t encouraging comparisons with the Frenchman.
“We have to leave Zidane in peace, he’s one of the biggest Madrid legends,” he added. “Zizou cannot be described, we must leave him alone in his greatness.”
Solari, who joined Real from rivals Atletico Madrid in 2000 performed with Zidane in Madrid’s midfield between 2001-2005, earlier than shifting to Inter Milan. The former Argentina worldwide returned to Madrid in 2013 to take cost of one of many youth groups earlier than being promoted to B workforce coach in 2016.