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Solari’s first press conference: “Our plan is to go to Melilla and play with two balls”

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New Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari, who took over the first team today as an interim coach after the club decided to sack Julen Lopetegui, delivered his first press conference and explain what he is going to do now that he is the man in charge.

”The group is hurt but keen to turn the situation around. It’s a group of champions and warriors that has won a lot for this club. The situation is not the easiest but I can see that they want to turn it around,” said the Argentinian coach.

“The idea is to go to Melilla and play with two balls [with courage],” he added when he was asked about the formation and tactics he wants to implement.

Vinicius Jr. was a focal point in this press conference. Many fans thought he could’ve been a relevant player for Lopetegui yet the former coach refused to give him consistent chances to prove his worth. Solari knows what he’s capable of and praised his skills.

“He’s a part of the squad like anyone else, he is young and talented. He has a lot to learn and a lot to give, now and in the future. There are no players in the Real Madrid squad who’re not up to the level necessary to play,” explained Solari.

Right now, Solari is only Madrid’s interim coach. He did not want to talk about his future and whether or not he might stay.

“We’re all passing through life and in this profession even more so. Everything goes very fast and the important thing is that we work on the day to day and enjoy every moment. It’s also like that for football players. The important thing is what you do in each training session and each game,” concluded the coach.