While waiting for Santiago Solari in the conference room of Valdebebas, the televisions there arranged tuned the official television of the club. In the sets located in the town of Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid employees denounced with images what they consider a succession of deliberate arbitration decisions against the interests of whites and in favor of Barcelona, their rival this Wednesday in the first Stop an aúpa calendar.
The propaganda campaign of Madrid through its channel was interrupted when the Argentine coach appeared in the cockpit. The appearance did not reach ten minutes and the answers that issued Solari were not revealing. His team, in full line up, with five consecutive wins, the season is played in eight games concentrated in 27 days. The all or nothing starts at the Camp Nou with the first leg of the semifinals before the Barça. What the Cup, the crossing of Champions with Ajax, and the derby and the classic of LaLiga will mark the future of the Argentine and Real.
"We love competition, that's why we are dedicated to this, the moment of truth is every game, from the first to the last, you play everything with the same naturalness, so we face the previous matches and those that come", said the coach, that the doors of the triple duel with Barcelona, the visit to Wanda and the eighth of the European Cup, can boast of improving the results of their predecessors. Neither Ancelotti, nor Benítez, nor Zidane and much less Lopetegui reached the 78% victories accumulated by Solari in the 23 matches he has directed.
In none of them has he encountered the dilemma that now awaits him. The Argentine has all his players available and the call to face the duel with Barcelona will bring crumbs. It would not be unreasonable to see Isco Alarcón off the list. Reduced by Solari to the rank of reserve, the malagueño is in the pools to stay in the stands of the Camp Nou. Precisely the place that Julen Lopetegui sent to Vinicius Júnior in the last classic, in October of last year. But the history of the Brazilian is very different from that of the Malaga. Ignored then by the Basque, it is no longer disputed whether he will have a gap in the bench, but whether he will remain in the eleven ahead of Gareth Bale.
"There are no indisputable in football," responded Solari when asked if Vinicius had become an irreplaceable player on his board. The coach did not even want to confirm if he has decided the eleven for the Camp Nou. The only doubt that is intuited in his head resides in the left band. Marcelo or Reguilón and Bale or Vinicius. "All the players contribute what they bring, some contribute some things, others contribute others, some are more defensive, others more offensive, some have more experience, others more youth and freshness," he said to dodge if in appointments of this caliber more the veteranía at the time of choosing between one and another.
Yes it seems to have decided Solari that Lucas Vázquez will occupy the far right, even more after his break against Alavés. The defensive work of the Galician will be fundamental to shield a side for which Jordi Alba will percussion once again to associate, who knows, if with Leo Messi. The Argentine says he wants to see La Pulga on the pitch: "It's always good for the best players to play all the games, it does not influence us at all if they play or not to prepare the game."
The Solari conference was preceded by a suspicion, the arbitral, and closed with another, is motivated by the designation of dates. The calendar has provided more rest for Barcelona between each of the classics and Solari and the club are suspicious: "It's funny at least, it's not us who do it, we have to go, play and give our best version. Hopefully it is not deliberate. "