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Real Madrid exit crisis mode

Whilst things could hardly have gotten worse following the disastrous Clasico defeat to Barcelona, Real Madrid have certainly exited the crisis that engulfed their season since Santiago Solari took temporary charge.

Los Blancos continued their impressive run under the Argentine on Sunday evening with a 4-2 victory away to Celta Vigo, taking their streak to four successive wins in all competitions.

Throughout those four matches the team have scored 15 goals and conceded just two, correcting two of the major problems within the team that plagued the closing days of Julen Lopetegui’s spell in charge.

Despite the obvious interest in Antonio Conte a fortnight ago, Solari has worked wonders with the group and has earned enough credit to take control of the team until Christmas.

There is still a lot of room for improvement, but with Barcelona slipping up in spectacular fashion at home to Real Betis things are looking altogether more positive at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Lopetegui’s team hit the woodwork 14 times during their record-breaking goal drought, yet Solari’s appointment has seen the goal-scoring touch return as if by magic.

After winning just one of their last seven matches before the former Castilla coach’s debut on the bench, Los Blancos have suddenly rediscovered their confidence.

They remain sixth in the LaLiga Santander table, but crucially are just four points behind the Blaugrana heading into the busy festive period.

The Madrid derby is due to take place at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano after the international break and this will represent Solari’s first major test in terms of competitive opposition.

Whilst the Argentine had the huge task of bringing confidence back to a dressing room bereft of self-belief, taking on the quality of Los Colchoneros is another matter entirely.

A victory though will allow them to close the gap even further on the chasing pack in the title race with Espanyol, Sevilla and Deportivo Alaves all in the mix above the European champions.

As was the case when Zinedine Zidane took over from an ailing Rafa Benitez, the players trust Solari and believe in his methods.

The reconnect between players and staff has been clear to see, although Lopetegui hadn’t lost the dressing room in the same way Benitez had.

Solari is guaranteed to remain on the bench until at least Christmas, although Florentino Perez is keeping a close eye on the coaching market even if happiness has, for now, returned to Valdebebas.

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