There is a new exam at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this weekend, the first without Julen Lopetegui on the bench, with Valladolid as the opponent. Every positive counts in Santiago Solari’s favour in the hope that the confidence of everyone will be increased, although that will only be dictated by results.
While all of that is happening, agents are doing their job and offering their clients, who they believe could be the ideal candidate for Real Madrid.
The latest to appear is the name of Leonardo Jardim, formerly of Monaco.
Following the defeat against Alaves when the idea of Lopetegui’s dismissal was first discussed, Solari’s name was one of the first to be thrown around.
While a permanent replacement is being sought, the club are still working on attempting to give Solari the best possible chance to succeed and make the job his own.
One of the big pros in his favour is that he will keep things relatively in check at Real as he attempts to foster a winning environment.
However, Solari is well aware that football stops for nobody and for that reason, new names have appeared in connection with the position he currently holds.
Jardim is the man responsible for introducing Kylian Mbappe to a European audience during his time at Monaco.
The Portuguese tactician left his position with the French club little less than a month ago following the decline of a team who contested the Champions League semi-final in 2017.
Jardim paid the price for no longer having many of the stars who led them to that stage such as Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Now, he is without a club and awaiting his next challenge but his achievements at Monaco are his biggest endorsement.
He is also a coach who is happy to bet on young talent, as he did with Mbappe at the age of 16, who nobody knew and would quickly become a worldwide sensation.
Meanwhile, in recent hours it has been speculated that Real Madrid made an offer to Mauricio Pochettino, something which has not occurred.
Both Los Blancos and the coach know that now is not the time to consider a Tottenham exit.