La Liga: Real Madrid Back In Trouble
Things are falling part for Real Madrid agian and the much-talked about Santiago Solari effect is fast evaporating.
It was initially thought that Real Madrid will get back on track swiftly when it promoted Solari from its reserve team to take over from the fired Julen Lopetegui in late October.
But two weeks after Solari guided Madrid to the Club World Cup title, the club is back in trouble after consecutive stumbles left it far behind in the Spanish league title race.
Madrid, a 33-time champion, is about to reach the midway point of the league season in fifth place. It is 10 points behind leader Barcelona but also trailing Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Alaves.
Madrid slumped to a shocking 2-0 loss at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday, three days after a 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Villarreal.
Many had predicted a whitewash for Sociedad who went into Sunday’s game on the heels of four straight defeats which necessitated them getting a new coach.
Instead, an unnecessary foul by Madrid's Casemiro gave Sociedad an early penalty, and two more rash tackles got Lucas Vazquez sent off before the visitors scored late to crush all hopes of a comeback.
"Today everything went wrong," Solari said.
Luka Modric, Madrid's Ballon d'Or winner, tried to shield Solari from all the blame.
"Our coach is doing a great job, but he can't score goals nor stop (the penalty) at the start of the match," Modric said. "He is motivated, but we players who are on the pitch have to do things better and be more focused.
While winning the league is a tall order now, many wait to see if Real Madrid can at least do enough to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season.
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