Santiago Solari is like a tussenpaus considered to be at Real Madrid. Among the names that are circulating as the new coach of the Royal state of Juve coach Massimo Allegri with dot noted.
‘Trainer is one thing, but a trainer of Real Madrid, that is something else,” said Jorge Valdano (63) recently. The Argentinian should know, because he was himself at the helm of the main body of the Royal from 1994 to 1996. He is now a respected columnist and analyst. When Valdano’s compatriot Santiago Solari (42) at the end of October, the dismissed Julen Lopetegui was replaced, he was regarded as a tussenpaus, although he immediately a contract was given until June 2021. Meanwhile, Solari, however, better grades present than his four predecessors.
It was long thought that Antonio Conte Lopetegui would succeed, but the demands that he suggested, were too excessive. Also the name of José Mourinho, then started work at Manchester United, circulated. When Thibaut Courtois was informed of those two names, would he with a pale face and full of horror, said: ‘I can’t believe it! I am the only one who with Conte and Mourinho has worked with. I’m just in from London left at such a thing is not more.’ Also the heavyweights in the dressing room have the not so for dictatorial types. That made Sergio Ramos this season is still apparent when he after the 5-1 defeat in Barcelona of the field got. He got a microphone under his nose pushed out with the question of whether he was a supporter of the arrival of Conte. The captain said: “Everyone knows with what type of trainer we important awards have been won with this club. Respect here you should win, you get the not come.’ A clear sneer at the address of the Italian driftkikker. It is a fact: in the history of Real Madrid, his gentle father figures – Miguel Muñoz, Vicente del Bosque, Carlo Such as, Zinedine Zidane – more successful than excited delights à la Mourinho.
Also Solari is a trainer that rarely excites. A real father figure, he is not, he introduces himself rather distant. However, he gives a number of youth players – Vinícius Júnior, Marcos Llorente, Sergio Reguilón, Lucas Vázquez,… – lots of opportunities, and he showed young people as Cristo, Francisco García and Fidalgo debut. According to insiders he replies to Florentino Pérez. The president had hoped that after the departure of Ronaldo a few established values in the team freed themselves would feel, and the lead would take, but that was not to be, with the exception of Karim Benzema. Therefore we want to Pérez now a number of players to the exit, pushing and counting he is on the boys from the cantera to the season to save. A tactic that for now it works.
Raúl and Alonso
The question is whether or Solari for the next season to get started. Behind the scenes steaming Raúl González and Xabi Alonso after all finished. The two internationally renowned former players have already a trainer and are already active as jeugdcoaches at Valdebebas, the oefencomplex of the club. Their advantage recommends that their name is more resonant than that of Solari, but that is the damage to the catch. Also the name of another coach circulates becoming more and more persistent, that of Massimiliano Allegri. He would this summer, with Juventus be repaid by Zidane and would also be the candidate of Ramos and co. The future will tell, but one thing is for sure: the new Real Madrid is now fully working.
Read the full report about Real Madrid in our +zone, or in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 27 February.