Santiago Solari to be appointed Real Madrid manager on permanent basis

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However, among the list of potential candidates, former Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui was never in that list and yet days before the World Cup, he was anointed the man at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid still lie sixth going into the worldwide break but they are only four points behind leaders Barcelona.

After thrashing Melilla in the Copa del Rey, they won 5-0 away to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, between victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.

Real Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno says management is delighted with the impact of caretaker coach Santiago Solari.

It's a very hard game against an opponent who does many things well Santiago Solari In Celta Vigo, Madrid face a lethal front duo of Iago Apsas and Maximiliano Gonzalez, who have scored 14 goals between them this season.

When asked about his position as interim manager he answered, "The club has to focus on what is best for Real Madrid and the rest is just details".

Solari's time as the European champions' stop-gap following Julen Lopetegui's sacking will expire over the worldwide break, and club president Florentino Perez needs to decide whether to take the Argentine on permanently.

Few could begrudge Solari the opportunity to prove himself after stepping up from Madrid's B team to take charge.

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"It was a very complicated game and we also had setbacks with injuries, [but] we had personality and character".

"I don't see a coach coming for one or two months, for me Solari has to stay until the end of the season".

"Madrid is bigger than all of us but it touches us all with its greatness".

"I play football to make history", Benzema said after the win against Viktoria Plzen.

And Catalonia-based Sport had "Real players extend Solari's contract" as their headline on Monday.

Solari in a post-match conference said, "The team worked for each other in attack and defence".

The Champions League holders are at the top of Group G with Roma, whom they visit on November 27.

"We'll go to the death with him, he's a great coach and of course we want him to continue".

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