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Notes & Quotes: November 4, 2018

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Ramos backs Solari and Solari has some thoughts on Benzema and Vinicius

Real Madrid CF v Real Valladolid CF - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Ramos backs Solari on behalf of players

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos backed interim manager Santiago Solari after the 2-0 win over Valladolid on Saturday. He was interviewed by beIn Sports post-match.

“We’ll always go to the death with whoever the coach is.”

“Now we have Solari and we will go as far as we can, little by little, game by game, so that we can forget the streak we’ve had.”

The players have been using the term ‘to the death’ a lot with both Lopetegui and Solari. It’s important that they are on the same page with Solari, as many rumors speculated Lopetegui had lost the locker room. Although, that did not seem to be case at least in the public eye.

It’s also important that they put the losing streak behind them, it’s a new era now under Solari, at least for the time-being. They need to keep the wins and positive results coming, no matter how they achieve a win.

Solari praises Benzema, calls him an ‘incredible’ player

Santiago Solari had some of his own reactions postgame for some of his players. One of which was the struggling Karim Benzema.

“I’m not the one who is going to discover him. He was liked by the previous managers and he’s an incredible player.”

“He’s got incredible tactics, he makes his team-mates better and he worked very hard also in defense which I think are fantastic characteristics which say a lot about him.”

It’s no surprise that Solari sees that Benzema was well-liked by previous managers, under both previous managers Lopetegui and Zidane. Despite somewhat struggling, Benzema has managed to keep himself as the starting striker for the club.

The hope is that Benzema can at some point turn it around, as most of the club is expected to right now. In a starting attack that has been struggling, Benzema is one of the main players you need scoring, which he has not been able to do in quite a while.

The hope, obviously, is that Benzema can at some point turn it around, as most of the club is expected to right now. Whether that is during Solari’s tenure or a different manager thereafter, hopefully the former.

Solari gave some advice to Vinicius

Santiago Solari was also asked about Vinicius in his post-match conference on Saturday.

“It’s fantastic that people are excited. We can’t fight against what goes on outside.”

“Vinicius has his whole career ahead and judgments will be made in time.”

“With his virtues and defects, he is one more player in the squad.”

“I told him to be bold and to take people on, which is what he knows how to do. I also told him to defend, which he needs to be reminded about.”

Vinicius came on around the 73rd minute and managed to score just 10 minutes later, with the help of a Valladolid defender’s elbow. He did run over to Solari after the goal and gave him a celebratory hug.

Even though Vinicius came with a high price tag, it’s important to remember he’s still only 18. There’s plenty of time for him and career left to develop into a permanent attacking threat, as Solari pointed out in his interview.

The most important thing is that he is seeing minutes under Solari and he is able to contribute to the team and make an impact in some way, hopefully consistently.