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In Pictures: Santiago Solari Takes First Real Madrid Session

Santiago Solari took charge of his first training session as interim Real Madrid coach on Tuesday as Real Madrid plan for life without Julen Lopetegui.

The Argentinian, a former midfielder with the Spanish Liga giants, has replaced Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked following Real’s 5-1 defeat to Barcelona on Sunday.

According to Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) rules,  Santiago Solari’s temporary tenure with the Champions League holders can last no more than 14 days, after which the club must decide to appoint him permanently or find another coach to replace Lopetegui.

Santiago Solari’s first game in charge will be a last 16 Spanish Cup tie against third division club Melilla on Tuesday.

Casting an eye

Solari watching Bale

Solari is among the favourites which include the likes of former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, as well as current Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, for the position on a permanent basis.

Last year’s Champions League winners sit in ninth place in the La Liga following four defeats in their last 5 league games scoring just two goals in that time.

Real sit top of their Champions League group despite a defeat away to CSKA Moscow in matchday two.

Santiago Solari

The former Real Madrid B manager will be looking to emulate the success of Zinedine Zidane who also learned his trade with the Castilla before going on to win three Champions Leagues in a row.

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© Agence France-Presse (Additional edits from Seán Hussey)

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