The crisis at Real Madrid Castilla

07 Oct 2017

It is a new season with a new team for Castilla, but things are not yet going to plan for Santiago Solari’s side, as they have gathered just eight points from a possible 21 available.

The campaign began with a defeat against Rayo Majadahonda and, since then, things have not improved.

In their recent loss against Guijuelo, it was obvious that there are many problems.

“It is a team in training,” insists coach Solari, who has just seven players in his squad of 24 that were at the club in 2016/17.

Of all Guti’s Under-19s who are available to Castilla, only Dani Gomez has played in every game so far this season and the striker started on fire with a goal in each of his first three appearances.

Since then, however, he has gone four without finding the net and concern is starting to grow.

Oscar is the second most used U-19 player by Solari and, when selected, he has been used in a deeper role than he is used to, which does not bring out the best of his ability.

The most striking cases of exclusions are those of Alex and Manu, who had the defence under complete control at U-19 level, working perfectly when selected together, only for Solari to now completely overlook them.

Alex started the season with an injury and has played just one full match since recovering, but serious questions are left hanging over Manu’s exclusion.

Toni, meanwhile, has played just 67 minutes and Franchu, who has been called to training with the first team, has played only 96.

As well as the many new faces at Castilla this year, there are some familiar faces who returned to the club.

While the squad consists of players of varying abilities and levels, there is more than enough talent there for Solari to lead a team comfortably in the Segunda B.

However, the early signs are cause for concern for the club.

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