Real Madrid found a way to earn a late 2-0 win against Valladolid at home in a game where they didn’t show much improvement under new coach Santi Solari. However, Solari was happy with the three points and praised the performance of his men.
“Real Madrid needed the win. In a tough moment, it can be hard to win well and the game was a real challenge, tight, and scrappy, with a lot of counters. The boys were focused today, driven right up until the end,” said the coach.
The crowd wasn’t happy with Madrid’s performance throughout the game and even whistled the players. Solari wanted to hear nothing about it, though.
“These are true professionals, with real experience and we all need to keep our emotions in check, even though we had some hair-raising moments in front of 80 000 fans. Before the game, I admitted it was important for the players that the fans get behind them. At times, the fans did that today. The group did fantastically well, they showed patience, managed the game well, did not lose shape and persevered to win,” he explained.
Vinicius came off the bench and showed great intensity and willingness to attack. It looks like he could get relevant minutes this season if Solari stays.
“I’ve told Vinicius to be bold, to take people on and defend doggedly, he knows all of this and he doesn’t need me to tell him. I’m not worried by the hype surrounding him. Us footballers can’t fight against what’s going on in the press or among fans. He’s got his whole career ahead of him and any assessment will have to be made in twenty years’ time. He’s another member of this squad, with his virtues and his defects, and he’s only played a couple of games in the Primera División,” concluded Solari, who also praised Benzema and Bale saying that “people lose their heads quickly” and that the Frenchman is “exquisite” and worked “extremely hard” during the game.