Real Valladolid coach Sergio unimpressed by Real Madrid

VInicius Junior and Ronaldo Nazario

VInicius Junior and Ronaldo Nazario. José A. GarcíaMARCA

But this was a game in which Real Madrid rode their luck at times, demonstrated by the sight of Real Valladolid striking the crossbar twice in the second half. Solari has a 100% record as interim Real Madrid manager, but this performance showed why a permanent appointment is needed.

Solari picked up Real in ninth place, seven points behind Barcelona.

Following a torrid start to the season, culminating in a 5-1 El Clasico humiliation at the Nou Camp recently, Julen Lopetegui was dismissed as manager despite having only taken up the job over the summer.

"We have to lift ourselves up, we understand the fans' frustrations and why they are booing".

"When things don't go your way you have to keep calm and keep sacrificing and we kept believing, even though we were up against a team who have been playing very well".

In fairness all of Madrid's front three struggled in front of goal, however it was Asensio who seemed the least confident and didn't do himself many favours trying to impress the new manager. "With more results, we will get back the confidence of the fans in a team which has won a lot". It's hard to recall the last good game Bale played for Madrid this season and he looks a shadow of the aggressive, goal-hungry winger that we were landing in August.

Vinicius had excited fans in the Copa del Rey against Melilla in midweek and his flair and bursts of pace injected some verve into Solari's side.

Real Valladolid then caused hearts to skip beats as they rattled Thibaut Courtois' woodwork, before Vinicius came on and changed the game as he forced an own goal.

And following their victory over Valladolid, Solari saw plenty of positives. He scored from the penalty spot to clinch the 2-0 win but was also one of the players whistled by supporters when the game as still goalless.

"It is tough and there are moments when the dynamics are better, times when things are delicate and require order, commitment, focus, impetus and competitive desire".

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