"for the time being"By naming Santiago Solari last week, Real Madrid has placed a sword of Damocles on the Argentinian, but the interim coach seems to want to register in the long term, provided that the beautification of the merengue is confirmed in Plzen in the Champions. League (21.00 hours).
In principle, Solari (42 years) was appointed only 14 days, the time that the regulation of the Spanish Federation (RFEF) offers in case of departure of a coach. Real therefore has until Monday to appoint a new technician, either by definitively confirming the Argentinean, or by calling on one of the candidates mentioned in the press (Antonio Conte, Roberto Martinez).
But the successful beginning of the former technicians' reserve could they encourage President Florentino Pérez to expand the experience? After five losses over the last seven games of the Julen Lopetegui era, Real won their first two games with Solari and scored six goals without even cashing in anything. And the atmosphere around the & # 39; White House & # 39; became considerably lighter when Solari brightened the people of Madrid.
"Football is also the state of mind, the emotional aspect, the self-confidence", reminded the Argentinian this weekend.
And the players, perhaps chilled by the prospect of a Conte-style coach, seem to stick to the newcomer's benevolent speech, even if the quality of the game can still be improved. "We are with the coach from the moment to the death and at this moment the Solari is there"said Captain Sergio Ramos.
Santiago Solari in MelillaEurosport
Many things have changed with Solari compared to Lopetegui. The Basque was fragile and sullen in a press conference, the Argentinian is smiling and determined. His first appearance in the media last Tuesday was praised as a success, even if the words used ("play with a big pair of c …") do not resemble this highly developed man, former columnist of the prestigious Spanish daily El Pais.
The former middmerengue (2000-2005) has also placed its leg in the field. "We take slightly less risk", Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois analyzed after the victory against Valladolid on Saturday (2-0)."I have made longer balloons. We try to have more verticality, to continue playing. "
Solari also gave young people a chance and the Vinicius attraction made the headlines at just 18 years old: a decisive pass for Melilla in the King's Cup (4-0), a stiff shot on the opening score against Valladolid. This first goal with Real, initially attributed to a defender by his side, was finally credited to the Brazilian winger. For a long time limited to the reserve by Lopetegui, here it is in balance to dislodge the star Gareth Bale in the titular holder … Which route!
Vinicius celebra el 1-0 in Real Madrid-ValladolidEurosport
Change of status?
At the front, Solari projected no more than his intermediate step, and he made sure that every coach was by definition "of passageBut the Argentinian also said that he wanted to grab thisgreat opportunity".
Following in the footsteps of his former team-mate Zinedine Zidane, also from reserve to the first team, the Rosario resident scores points when he beats Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday to get closer to the eighth of C1, then on Sunday in La Liga against Celta Vigo.
Moreover, Solari ensures that no pressure is exerted despite the lack of experience. "It is a function that brings great responsibilities, of course, whether it is for a day, half an hour or a week. But it is not new to me, I spent 11 years in this club, in different functions"he remembered.
The leaders, they, breathe: the negative spiral has stopped and all titles remain available this season. "(Solari) is our coach for the moment, we hope that everything will work out for him, we have to stay calm, we will see what happens", carefully commented Emilio Butragueño, director of institutional relations of Real, and the ball is now in the camp of Santiago Solari.