Real Madrid: Santiago Solari expected more from some players

Solari shares blame for Madrid debacle with players

"But it will not be easy, and I predict it will be very hard over the next three months.' Madrid travel to Vallodolid on Sunday, providing much-needed respite from the Santiago Bernabeu following four straight home defeats in all competitions".

The Spanish press report coach Santiago Solari was close to being sacked on Tuesday night and speculation is not now about whether he will survive, but who his replacement will be, with the shadow of Jose Mourinho growing ever-longer over the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Mourinho denied he had been contacted by Real Madrid over a potential return last weekend, but the Ajax defeat looks set to be the tipping point for Solari and changes are now inevitable.

Real's early exit from the tournament follows consecutive losses to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and La Liga.

Most would rather not wait until the summer to get rid of Solari with 12 La Liga matches left for the team to ensure their participation in the Champions League next season. "It has always been an honor to serve this club". This is due to his leadership skills and the reputation he is held in by the fans, which would give him a similar profile to that of former manager Zinedine Zidane.

"We know it is not the best moment for us after the game the other day but we have a professional obligation, we have 12 games ahead, and we have to stay as positive as possible. The first job is to win tomorrow".

According to Marca, Perez had met with Solari after the Champions League elimination but not before meeting his players in the dressing room.

"The majority have delivered as expected, some have not, and I have told them so personally", Solari told reporters on Saturday, after apologising for his late showing.

As well as the uncertainty regarding Solari's future, Goal understands that Sergio Ramos's future is up the air following a row with Florentino Perez after the defeat to Ajax. "It seems very important that he comes at this time to support the team, the club, and to exercise his role as captain".