Solari set to be sacked and Mourinho is back in the mix

Mar 09, 2019, 00:42
Solari set to be sacked and Mourinho is back in the mix

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos had a fierce argument with club President Florentino Perez in the team's dressing-room after Tuesday's 4-1 home defeat by Ajax Amsterdam which knocked them out of the Champions League, Spanish media reported in Thursday.

The Spanish giants went into the match on Tuesday night with a 2-1 lead but without their influential leader Ramos, who, after the first leg fixture, publicly admitted to getting a yellow card that would make him unavailable for the return fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The spotlight turned to the Portuguese coach immediately after Madrid's disastrous week came to an end - along with its entire season.

Mourinho has seen his managerial career slip over the past four years during his time in the Premier League.

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But the team's freefall in three competitions, Solari's differences with some big players (Isco, Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Asensio) and the fact he's been unable to get a reaction from his team mean his job is on the line.

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They are out of Europe, lost to Barcelona in the semi-final of the Copa del Rey and are third in La Liga - five points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid and a further seven off leaders Barca.

Solari said after the loss to Ajax he hadn't accepted the job only to surrender when things got hard, and also said he wasn't anxious about all the talk by Mourinho.

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He admitted that he was surprised by Real's shocking exit at the hands of Ajax, but applauded them for the records they set under departed Zinedine Zidane.

Real Madrid asked former head coach Zinedine Zidane to return but the Champions League-winning boss said "not now", according to former president Ramon Calderon.

The speedy and skillful forward recently took over Gareth Bale's spot in Madrid's starting lineup.

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