The secret of Solari’s new Madrid: Veterans and youngsters

29 Jan 2019

Real Madrid‘s recent results have been the outcome of Santiago Solari‘s intention to build a team by surrounding a backbone of veteran players with young prospects.

Having Sergio RamosLuka Modric and Karim Benzema as the spine of Los Blancos‘ starting line-up, the Argentine has put together the pieces of the puzzle game-by-game.

Sergio Reguilon and Vinicius Junior have turned themselves from B team players into two of the most reliable performers for Madrid.

“Veterans and newcomers always look at your laurels with respect and excitement,” dictates the hymn of the club and Solari follows it word-by-word.

This has always been the perfect mix for a team who had lost their football direction after the departures of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Marcelo‘s recent poor performances have given a boost to Reguilon, who has managed to establish a great understanding with Vinicius on the left flank.

Meanwhile, Ramos has turned himself into the side’s third highest scorer, only behind their main striker, Benzema, and the most expensive transfer in their history, Gareth Bale.

Both Benzema and Modric have recovered their form in what has been a huge boost to the team in the last few games.

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