NEWS STORY | 03/11/2018 | Javier GarcíaThe Whites host one of the season's surprise packages in Solari's first home game in charge.
The Argentine tactician oversees his first LaLiga encounter, after getting his reign off to a good start in Melilla. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, he told the media that, "You feel a special something when you come to the Bernabéu as a fan, we urge our supporters to get behind us because this team has made the dreams of madridismo come true". Solari has named a 19-man squad for this contest, with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco and Gareth Bale all returning to the fray, whilst Mariano, Marcelo, Jesús Vallejo, Raphaël Varane and Dani Carvajal remain sidelined through injury.
Following a four-year exodus, Valladolid are back in the top flight and they've made an impressive return, with the visitors currently sitting pretty in sixth with 16 points to their name. They've performed particularly well on their travels, where they've claimed two wins and three draws and are yet to have tasted defeat. "They're a very well-organised side who will come here in fine spirits", warned Solari.
Return to the Bernabéu
"We go there with nothing to fear and we'll have to show our character", declared the boss of the Castille and Leon outfit, Sergio González, who is without the injured Keko, Ivi López and Mohammed Salisú. It's been five years since El Pucela's last visit to the Bernabéu, which came in November 2013. That encounter ended in a 4-0 home win and saw Bale notch his first hat-trick in a Real Madrid shirt. The Whites will today be looking to toast another win in front of their fans.