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Solari talks to the press after Real Madrid’s abysmal 1-4 loss to Ajax

Real Madrid v Ajax - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid are out of the Champions League after a historic 1-4 loss against Ajax which put the nail in Madrid’s coffin. Los Blancos have now lost four straight games —all of them at home— and have said farewell to their hopes of winning a trophy this season.

“It’s really painful, we’re sorry for our fans, who were amazing in the way they supported the team in what was a very tough time. We’re sad and are hurting. We put in the best possible effort but it wasn’t enough and we’ve bowed out. It’s a sad night,” said Solari after the game.

Los Blancos were totally dominated by Ajax, who implemented a fearless style of football and just dismantled Madrid’s game plan with ease.

“A lot of things went on out there. It was a game in which things frequently changed. There was a bit of everything: enforced substitutions, shots hitting the woodwork, the ball not wanting to go in, their clinicalness, the VAR system… An endless amount of things that you’ll have to assess,” explained Real’s coach.

Still, Solari wanted to give his players credit for all they’ve done over the last few seasons.

“This group of players have won the last three editions of the Champions League and tonight we’ve gone out of the competition. This group of champions has won four of the last five Champions Leagues and it’s a sad time that highlights what the team has achieved in the past and how tough it is to win the European Cup,” said the coach.

Solari will almost certainly leave the club after the end of the season, yet he doesn’t want to think about that.

“I didn’t come here in such troubling times just to give up. I am here to work and give my best. The players are here to give their best in order to be better tomorrow than they were yesterday,” concluded the manager.

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