Things you need to know about Real Madrid Interim Manager, Santiago Solari
Santiago Solari as Real Madrid caretaker manager
Former Argentina international Santiago Solari has been promoted to take charge on a temporary basis, for now, and will take to the dugout for Real’s Copa del Rey clash with Melilla on Wednesday night.
Real Madrid explained quite clearly that Solari was appointed on a temporary basis – he will have two weeks to take the team back to winning ways, unless the club find a suitable replacement before the deadline
Santiago Solari Profile
Born on October 7, 1976 in Rosario, Argentina, Solari predominantly played as a left midfielder and broke into the professional game at River Plate, before joining the European football elite with a move to Atletico Madrid in January 1999.
However, when the Colchoneros slipped to relegation the following season, he joined city rivals Real Madrid and became a regular starter under coach Vicente Del Bosque.
There he enjoyed the best years of his career as he helped the team secure a ninth Champions League trophy in 2002 with a 2-1 win over German side Bayer Leverkusen.
After over 130 appearances with Real, Solari was signed by Inter Milan, where he won three consecutive Serie A titles. However, he did not feature as much as he would have liked, and he returned to his native South America to spend the final years of his playing career which ended in 2011.
He took a two-year break before starting his managerial stint with a job with the Real Madrid U19 team. He was then promoted to manage the U21 Castilla side ahead of the 2016/17 season, competing in Segunda Division B – the third tier of Spanish football.
Spotlights on Santiago Solari
Solari will also be looking to bring in young talent to bolster a team that looks off-colour and lacking in ideas and creativity at present.
For his first training session on Tuesday, he called up five players from his Castilla side (Javi Sanchez, De la Fuente, Alex, Lopez and Fran García), while he might also be looking to promote Brazilian starlet Vinicius Junior, who has been faring well since his arrival in the Merengues’ B team.
Spanish media describe Solari as a conservative coach with a keen eye for detail and very respectful of the system and philosophy that he wants to instil. He interchanges similar modules like 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1, adapting his line-up in function of the opposition.
At the centre of his project is the employment of attacking-minded full-backs such as Marcelo and Carvajal, as well as a dynamic forward that functions less as a targetman and more as a false nine.
Solari also insisted on training closer to the press balcony at Madrid’s Valdebebas training centre – in contrast with Lopetegui’s wishes of being further away from the view of the media.
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