Interim Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari has urged the under-fire players to dig deep and turn things around at the club. Solari has replaced the sacked Julen Lopetegui, who was shown the Bernabeu exit door after Real’s below-par start to the season, and will look to steady the ship as soon as possible.
The 42-year-old, who began his coaching career with Real’s youth team before being promoted to the B side, now has the daunting task of sitting in the first-team dugout.
Solari’s first test will be in the first leg of the fourth-round Copa del Rey tie at third-tier Melilla on Wednesday – and he expects a reaction.
“Tomorrow’s game is just as important as every other at this institution,” he said. “We must always compete to win each one. It is just as simple and difficult as that.”
The Argentine tactician knows things have not gone well and has urged the whole squad to pull together and bring back the good times.
“This is a group of champions, warriors, who have won many things for this club,” he added. “They are united and want to win games again. The situation is not the easiest but I see them very motivated to turn it around.
“This is a more delicate moment but out of such moments character emerges. They are hurting from this situation.”