Santiago Solari uncertain over his Real Madrid future as manager despite winning opening two games in temporary role at the Bernabeu
- Santiago Solari will take charge of third Real Madrid game against Viktoria Plzen
- Solari has won both matches while in temporary charge to lift Bernabeu gloom
- Madrid travel to Viktoria Plzen for Champions League clash on Wednesday
Santiago Solari admitted he remains in the dark as to how long his role as interim coach of Real Madrid may last.
Solari will be on the sidelines for Wednesday’s Champions League match against Viktoria Plzen, his third game in charge since Julen Lopetegui was sacked.
Both of Solari’s first two matches have ended in victory, fuelling speculation that he could keep the job until the end of the season or potentially even longer.
Santiago Solari claims he is uncertain how long he will be in temporary charge of Real Madrid
Solari has won his first two matches as he takes Madrid to Plzen in the Champions League
But Solari said he had not been told anything and is working day to day.
‘I am committed to my role, whether that be for two more days, or a week, just the same,’ he said at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference.
Solari already seems to be making an impact, with Real ending a five-game winless run in La Liga with Saturday’s 2-0 win over Real Valladolid, helping to lift the mood of gloom which had hung over the club.
‘In football the solutions and problems are never just one thing, whether it is going well or not,’ he said. ‘We have played two difficult games, which we had to play well to win.
Real Madrid topped Group G at the halfway point in their Champions League group
Madrid defender Nacho claims Solari has helped lift the gloom around the Bernabeu
‘You do not win games if you do not do things well. We have to do the same tomorrow in a different competition.’
Defender Nacho said Solari had helped lift the players, but still offered support for Lopetegui.
‘It is never easy when a club changes coach,’ he said. ‘Solari has come from within and has started well.
‘The players are happy with him but it is not our decision to make (whether he stays).
‘Lopetegui was one of the best coaches I have had, a great coach, and wherever he goes he will have success for sure.’
Vinicius came off the bench to score for Madrid as they beat Real Valladolid 2-0 on Saturday
Lopetegui received a stay of execution by beating Viktoria Plzen in the reverse fixture on October 23 and despite their domestic struggles, Real go into Wednesday’s game level on points with Roma at the top of Group G.
‘This competition is very close to the history of our club,’ Solari added. ‘When the anthem is played, we all get excited. It is great to return to this competition.’
Though Madrid ultimately took three points when the sides met last month, Plzen created a string of chances against a Madrid side low on confidence and the result could easily have been different.
‘We had good chances there, but unfortunately did not get the ending we wanted,’ midfielder Patrik Hrosovski said.
‘If we are able to perform at the very limit of our abilities it can be even better than the first match.’
Madrid have returned to winning ways since bringing the axe down on Julen Lopetegui’s reign
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