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Name Santiago Solari
Gender Male
Ethnic Argentinian
Job Argentinian Footballer
  Argentinian Football Coach

Affiliation

Org xxxx National Team
Club as Club Real Madrid [interim]
Club as Player Real Madrid
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2019 01 20 Retrieve

[Solari refuses to give up in title race] We are fighting in three competitions until the last, as always. For Real Madrid, nothing is impossible. I always enjoy football and the competition, it is our passion and we love it despite the tough times. We are passionate about competing and obviously it is better to win, no one can deny that.

It’s always more than just the three points when you’re up against a direct rival, because one team gets the points and the other loses them. The celebration was worthy of Casemiro’s wonderful goal, and it was tense because I couldn’t see if it was going in or not. It was a fantastic effort, not only because of the significance of the game, but because we needed that breakthrough

[On Modric, who played on despite suffering a cut in the first half following an aerial collision with Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez, the Madrid boss added] He was outstanding. Considering he had big gash that they had to stitch up. He’s a fighter, he played a wonderful second half, split his eyebrow, then after 15 minutes [at half-time] they patched him up, he came and got the goal at the end. That speaks volumes about the spirit in this team. It was a very complete performance

2019 02 06 Retrieve

[Real Madrid wonderkid already becoming indispensable] He always has the support of the mature players in the squad, who take care of him, love him and they advise him. He played a great match, Vinicius, and was applauded from the Bernabeu

2019 02 11 Retrieve

[Solari says Vinicius can get even better] He’s got many years ahead of him in football. He’s a kid of 18 years of age. Vinicius is learning from the best. He is very well advised and looked after by the squad, which will only add to his game

2019 02 14 Retrieve

[Solari keeping faith in officials after close call at Ajax] We don’t have the elements to make a judgement. We don’t have a monitor. We trust what VAR or the referees say. Without a doubt [we suffered]. We knew how to play the game, how to work it, suffer through it and to score when we created those chances. We did everything and that shows the strength of the players and of the group.

[Madrid struggled in the first half against Ajax’s high press, but Solari did not agree that it was a poor performance overall] That’s your opinion. We had to do a lot of things to get this result. We had to work, suffer, know how to escape the press, and be strong. This is the Champions League, the last 16, and there are no teams that are not very good. They played with a lot of energy, pushing some situations to the limit, and they made us work hard for the win.

[Solari was pleased with Asensio’s impact as a substitute, while he also denied he took off Gareth Bale after 61 minutes because of a poor display from the Wales forward] I’m particularly happy with his goal and his performance. He’s played in three or four games since he came back from injury. He did everything he had to do, not only for the goal but also how he acted on the pitch, how he defended and for his effectiveness in reaching the goal

[When asked about Bale] I’m very happy with everyone’s performance. It was a very difficult game and we needed the maximum from everyone. Without that, we wouldn’t have won

2019 03 04 Retrieve

[Solari laughs off Mourinho links] This club has and has had more suitors than Julia Roberts. It seems quite normal to me. It’s a mixture of things. It is part of our work, to improve what we have to improve. Sometimes the ball hits the stick and enters and sometimes comes out. It is true that we had many chances in the game, less in the last. We have to specify them, that’s football

These players have experience and character. They have to have a clear conscience for having given everything and doing a good job, which was not enough to win. When we do not win we are not happy because we always want to win

2019 03 05 Retrieve

[Solari refuses to offer Madrid resignation] I didn’t come here to give up. Carvajal has a lot of character, he was speaking in the heat of the moment on the side of the pitch. The season goes on, we’ve still got La Liga. The season is difficult, but we are here to show our heart and character in difficult moments. Easy moments are easy for everyone, you can climb up and surf them, but difficult moments you have to show bravery

2019 03 09 Retrieve

[Solari vows to fight on at Real Madrid as he arrives 80 minutes late for press conference] 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. 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.

[When asked about meeting with his players] Things that happen in private should stay there. 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.s

[Solari did state he has been clear with those players who have not performed to the standards he expects] The majority have been. The ones who haven’t, I have told them. In adversity, you see the character of people: the one who stands up, the one who hides, who is rebelling, who isn’t, who is happy or sad […] We have to keep working to add points until the end. The key is to play as a team

2019 03 11 Retrieve

[Solari in the dark on Madrid future] I cannot answer that. Tomorrow we have a training session, and that is what I focus on. It has been a difficult week for everyone, and of course the players too. The first 25 minutes reflected that, and we found it tough. But the rest of the game they knew how to come through that, which speaks to their spirit and professionalism

[If it does prove his swansong, Solari will at least depart satisfied with the application his injury-hit side showed against relegation-threatened Valladolid] It was a very difficult game after the week that we have had - to come here to such a difficult stadium, against a team in this situation, and with us having so many injuries. So we are full of satisfaction and pride. They are great professionals