Madrid, Reality has two faces in an entity not
used to living with defeat.
On the one hand, there are the failures, the resounding failures
that have led Real Madrid to bend the knee eight times in 24 games,
an unimaginable figure for such a club.
The other side is the one that says that Santiago Solari’s team
are still alive in all competitions, a fact that no one can doubt.
“We are getting used to losing,” summarises the thoughts of Real’s
board concerning the delicate moment that Real Madrid are
The problem is that there is no consistency, no ambition and no
desire, which is what worries those in power at the Estadio Santiago
The lack of response to rivals, such as Eibar and CSKA leaves
a huge question mark over Solari and his decision making although the
club is still relying on the Argentine – for now.
The transfer market opens soon, and Real Madrid must be
attentive to player movements.
The wild card of the coach’s termination has already been used
and there hasn’t been the expected response.
Some criticisms heard from within go beyond the bench and
talk about exhausted players and those who have been given too many
opportunities without any reaction.
Florentino Perez and his board members know that there needs
to be a change in the dynamics and that can only happen by buying in
a window to which historically the club has turned its back.
The names of Isco, Bale and Marcelo, as demonstrated against
CSKA, are in the spotlight and the fans won’t forgive them any more
mistakes or more wrong gestures.
Analysis made by the coaches speak of the need to reinforce the
team, to put hunger and desire in a group that at times doesn’t seem to
have the motivation for the big matches and are more concerned with
personal issues rather than the collective.
Regarding Isco, both the club and the player want to continue
together, but there can be no escaping that he has become a problem,
and one which Solari must solve right now.
They expect the player to explain and justify his gestures to the
crowd before making any formal decision on what the next steps will
Solari was asked to make decisions, and it’s already clear that
the coach is not always at fault, but the response from the players isn’t
what was expected, the Spanish MARCA newspaper reported.
Source: Oman News Agency