- Title: Solari challenges Bale to shine under spotlight after 'Clasico' criticism
- Date: 2nd November 2018
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (NOVEMBER 2, 2018) (REUTERS) REAL MADRID PLAYERS WARMING UP / FORWARD GARETH BALE WARMING UP MIDFIELDER LUKA MODRIC WARMING UP PLAYERS WARMING UP INTERIM COACH SANTIAGO SOLARI PLACING TRAINING MARKERS AT PITCH PLAYERS PASSING BALL CENTRE BACK SERGIO RAMOS APPLAUDING AND JOKING WITH DEFENDER SERGIO REGUILON MIDFIELDER CASEMIRO AND FORWARD VINICIUS JR CHASING BALL SESSION IN PROGRESS FORWARD LUCAS VAZQUEZ CHASING BALL / RAMOS VARIOUS OF SOLARI TALKING WITH STAFF MEMBER PLAYERS RUNNING BALE AND MIDFIELDER LUKA MODRIC SPRINTING PLAYERS PASSING BALL / GOALKEEPER KIKO CASILLA TRYING TO CHASE BALL AND FALLING DOWN / PLAYERS LAUGHING AND JOKING WITH CASILLA REAL MADRID INTERIM COACH SANTIAGO SOLARI ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID INTERIM COACH, SANTIAGO SOLARI, SAYING: "I'm not thinking about that (if he may stay as official Real Madrid coach). I just look at the next match because it's the only thing I can do, and the only thing I must do. So, the team and myself, are focused on the next match, that's what football is all about, even if it sounds like a cliche it's the truth and I like it." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID INTERIM COACH, SANTIAGO SOLARI, SAYING: "Valladolid is a very, organised team tactically, very well worked and they are playing very well. They will come in very good spirits because they haven't lost in their past seven matches, I think they won five and drew two of their last seven games so we will have to play a very serious and disciplined match." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID INTERIM COACH, SANTIAGO SOLARI, SAYING: "He has the spotlight (Gareth Bale) on him. We are all waiting for him to show us his amazing skills. He is a fantastic player and we want to enjoy him every day." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID INTERIM COACH, SANTIAGO SOLARI, SAYING: "For me the Vinicius issue is very simple, it's about time and playing. He has all the time ahead, he's only 18 years old and the experience will form him as a player, and about playing games because to get that experience he needs to play. So it's a combination of both things. He will play to get experience and with that experience he'll be a better player but that's a normal process, and mainly on an 18 year-old boy who has just arrived and of course we all see all the talent he has which is evident." SOLARI LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM
- Embargoed: 16th November 2018 13:27
- Keywords: Santiago Solari Real Madrid Real Valladolid new manager Ronaldo
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA00194TC5KV
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- Story Text:Real Madrid's interim coach Santiago Solari has urged Gareth Bale to answer his critics and show more consistency for the stumbling European champions after underperforming in last week's humiliating 5-1 defeat to Barcelona in the 'Clasico'.
Bale, Real's record signing, has been in the firing line this week for a limp display in the thrashing at the Nou Camp.
The result led to coach Julen Lopetegui being sacked after a fourth league defeat in five games, which has left the team ninth in La Liga.
The Wales forward is yet to step up and become the club's talismanic figure since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus, and he was criticised above all for failing to press opponents and do defensive work as Barca ran riot late in the second half.
"Bale is under the spotlight, and I hope he shows us his enormous talent," Solari told a news conference ahead of Real's La Liga game at home to Real Valladolid on Saturday.
"We want to enjoy him every day, he's a fantastic player."
Bale has good memories of facing Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu, having scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 win against them in his debut season for Madrid.
Valladolid, owned by former Real and Brazil striker Ronaldo, are one of the surprise packages of this La Liga season and are undefeated in their last six outings, currently sitting three places above Madrid in the standings.
Solari, who oversaw a 4-0 win over third division side Melilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday with impressive displays from youngsters such as Vinicius Jr and Alvaro Odriozola, also warned Real's more senior players that their place in the team was not guaranteed.
"There are no unquestionable players here because there will always be injuries or players who are performing below their level," he said.
"We have players here who have survived a lot of battles and have won them but we also have a lot of young players who have a lot of talent."
Solari will be forced to lean on his squad against Valladolid due to a spate of injuries in defence, with Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal and Marcelo all unavailable, while striker Mariano Diaz has also been ruled out.
A Champions League winning midfielder with Real in 2002 and a former Argentina international, Solari has been coach of the club's reserve team, Castilla, since 2016.
If Real do not name a successor to Lopetegui by Nov. 12, the Argentine will automatically become Real's coach until the end of the season.
The Spanish football federation's regulations state that an interim coach can only be in charge for a maximum of two weeks.
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