In­terim coach, Real’s per­ma­nent so­lu­tion?

The Hitavada - - SPORTS -

SAN­TI­AGO So­lari is pitch­ing for more than just three points as Real Madrid con­tinue their re­vival un­der the in­terim coach and head to Celta Vigo aim­ing for their fourth straight win.

So­lari’s time as the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons’ stop-gap fol­low­ing Julen Lopetegui’s sack­ing will ex­pire over the in­ter­na­tional break, and club pres­i­dent Florentino Perez needs to de­cide whether to take the Ar­gen­tine on per­ma­nently.

Real have bounced back un­der So­lari, with Wed­nes­day’s 5-0 drub­bing of Vik­to­ria Plzen a clear sign of life in the strug­gling gi­ants.

A win at bounc­ing Balai­dos could well be enough to con­vince Perez the job should be So­lari’s, at least un­til the end of the sea­son, when a more es­tab­lished al­ter­na­tives could be avail­able.

“We’re do­ing fine with him,” striker Karim Ben­zema said on Wed­nes­day.

“I don’t see a coach com­ing for one or two months, for me So­lari has to stay un­til the end of the sea­son. He’s a great coach. Now we have more con­fi­dence and we are go­ing to fight.”

Few could be­grudge So­lari the op­por­tu­nity to prove him­self af­ter step­ping up from Madrid’s B team to take charge.

Madrid have scored 11 and con­ceded none since So­lari’s ar­rival, against ad­mit­tedly mod­est op­po­si­tion — Melilla from the Span­ish third tier, Real Val­ladolid at home and Plzen.

Luck has also played its part, as Vini­cius Ju­nior’s de­flected shot pre­vented what looked set to be a stale­mate against Val­ladolid with seven min­utes to play.

A draw there and So­lari’s ten­ure might never have got off the ground.

San­ti­ago So­lari

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