Under-fire coach Santiago Solari is adamant he will continue to give Real Madrid everything he has to turn around their unfavourable circumstances.
The Argentian was promoted in October from the Castilla team to replace the fired Julen Lopetegui and got off to a smooth start by winning his opening four games.
Upon being awarded a three-year contract in November, however, Solari soon came back crashing down to Earth by falling to a spectacular 3-0 defeat to the lowly SD Eibar.
Since then, Solari has lost a further seven games with speculation over his future growing exponentially in the past 11 days following Real’s Copa del Rey and Champions League exits.
Los Blancos appear all but set to go the entire campaign trophyless now due to a 12-point deficit to La Liga leaders Barcelona heading into the final 12 matches.
Therefore, former managers Zinedine Zidane and Jose Mourinho have been heavily linked with a return to the Santiago Bernabeu as things begin to grow more desperate.
But, in spite of the uncertainty surrounding him, Solari’s sole concern lies with Sunday’s trip to Real Valladolid.
“I give you [the] same answer as my first day here: we are all passing through here, and the most important for any coach, any team, is the next game. It is an honour to serve this club,” said Solari, according to Yahoo.
“These are not assessments I have to do. I’m the coach and, like everyone, I try to give the best I have.
“It’s not the best moment. The objective is always the next game, always. There are judgements I have to accept, but my job is to carry on.
“I’m going to give my best, as I have done since the first day I came here.”
Following Wednesday’s shock 4-1 home defeat to Ajax in the Champions League, Spanish media have reported that there was a bust-up between captain Sergio Ramos and president Florentino Perez.
But Solari refused to discuss the incident or any possible meetings his held with the team following their recent setbacks.
“Things that happen in private should stay there,” said the 42-year-old.
“We’re very harsh in our self-criticism, not only at the specific moment of a defeat. We do it day by day, even more so in victory. The hard part is finding the bad things in the good times.”
The Valladolid and Real Madrid league game will take place at the Jose Zorilla Stadium on Sunday with kick-off set for 8:45 PM (CET).
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