Real Madrid His press conference has caused backlash
Real Madrid will look to bounce back from their 2-2 draw away to Villarreal when they play Real Sociedad on Sunday evening, though Santiago Solari believes that draws should not be undervalued.
The Club World Cup success brought some calmness and stability to the club, but that all evaporated at the final whistle on Thursday night and it is not vital that Madrid recover their confidence.
Solari, meanwhile, has been told to forget other commitments and stories when it comes to deciding upon his squad or making decisions; the idea is to play the best, regardless of what is going on.
However, this clearly did not happen at the Estadio de la Ceramica as Marcelo, who had arguably his worst performance of the season, stayed on the pitch.
It was Solari‘s decision to put faith in the side that had won the Club World Cup, yet one of the duties put to him by the club is not to prioritise the big names; the priority should be put on securing a good result.
The side have failed to gain consistency under the Argentinian, aside from the parenthesis that was the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, and the next two weeks will be decisive in Madrid‘s plans until next summer.
They know Solari, the players and the board; LaLiga Santander and the Copa del Rey are at stake, and it has been made clear that a repeat of last season – where Madrid lost to Leganes in the cup and were miles behind Barcelona in the league – is unacceptable.
Florentino Perez made the club’s thoughts on the club clear at a book launch this week, too.
“We won our third consecutive Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi and we want more,” said the president.
“Our desire to win and our desire to surpass ourselves shows our purpose.
“An eternal legend.”
This completely goes against what Solari was talking about in his press conference on Saturday morning, where he mentioned that Madrid should not undervalue draws, but alternate perspectives are not what they need at this time.