Real Madrid confirm Santiago Solari as manager

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2018

Marco Asensio gave an interview to Vamos in which he touched on a number of topics - including how Real Madrid have fared since Santiago Solari took over from Julen Lopetegui.

News that he had been rewarded with a permanent contract surfaced on Monday when the Spanish federation announced: "Everything is in order".

Solari was place in charge on interim basis last month followin the sacking of Julen Lopetegui after the humiliating defeat to FC Barcelona.

And with 15 goals scored and only two conceded he has established the best ever start for a Real manager.

With victories over Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, and Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga, Solari has enjoyed the best start of any manager in the club's history.

Solari, who stepped up from coaching the club's B team, "Castilla", has since overseen four consecutive wins.

However, the Clasico loss was the last straw for Real president Florentino Perez, who reportedly first considered more experienced options as a full-time replacement, including ex-Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, current Belgium national team coach Roberto Martinez and former Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim.

"He has done excellently", Madrid club director Emilio Butragueno said on Sunday night. "We are very happy with how things have gone".

Few, however, could argue with the results, which have now earned Solari the chance to prove himself over a longer period. It's a great opportunity.

"Madrid is bigger than all of us but it touches us all with its greatness".

Solari's maiden match as long-term boss is the trip to Eibar in La Liga on November 25, following the global break.

Spanish rules state that an interim coach can not be in charge for more than two weeks so Madrid had to appoint Solari - or an alternative - to avoid punishment.

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