Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior facing two months out with ligament injury

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

"We slapped Real Madrid in the opening 20 minutes".

Real replaced Zidane with Spain coach Julen Lopetegui - a move that was a disaster for club, coach and country - but he lasted just four months, with Santiago Solari eventually taking the reins.

"I did not come to the club in such a hard moment to give up", Solari said, per the BBC.

Who should Real Madrid appoint as Solari's successor? But his final season was marked by a dressing-room schism that saw him publicly fall out with goalkeeper and club captain Iker Casillas as well as Sergio Ramos - then the vice-captain.

The 5-3 aggregate loss to Ajax handed Real their earliest elimination from the UEFA Champions League since 2010 and ended their three-year domination of Europe's elite competition.

Revolution is in the air at Real Madrid after their Champions League empire was razed to the ground with an astounding 4-1 loss at home to Ajax Amsterdam, with a huge clear out of players expected as well as a change of manager.

Gareth Bale could be sidelined again after picking up an injury in Real Madrid's shock defeat to Ajax on Tuesday.

"I did not take over at Real Madrid at a hard time in order to give up", Solari said.

Ajax's stunning win over Real Madrid boosted their share price by nearly 8.0% on the Amsterdam stock exchange Wednesday, as investors too savoured the Dutch club's Champions League success.

"I've got an overall great memory of my time there", Mourinho said. "Real give a lot of room away and if you are prepared to play football you know you can make it very hard for them".

Calderon - who was president of Madrid between 2006 and 2009 - admitted he expects it to happen but when asked if he would like to see the Portuguese back at the Bernabeu, he told ESPN FC: "Absolutely not". We won La Liga.We had bad times, I probably made mistakes, but I improved a lot as a coach and as a person after that experience.

Solari claimed after the Champions League embarrassment that he is not a quitter and will continue to try and turn things around.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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