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Solari: "We're sorry for our fans, who were amazing"

NEWS | 05/03/2019

"This group of champions has won four of the last five Champions Leagues and it's a sad time that highlights what the team achieved in the past", declared Solari.
Santiago Solari took to the media room at the Santiago Bernabéu to reflect on his side's game against Ajax, with the madridista boss commenting: "It's really painful, we're sorry for our fans, who were amazing in the way they supported the team in what was a very tough time. We're sad and are hurting. We put in the best possible effort but it wasn't enough and we've bowed out. It's a sad night".

"A lot of things went on out there. It was a game in which things frequently changed. There was a bit of everything: enforced substitutions, shots hitting the woodwork, the ball not wanting to go in, their clinicalness, the VAR system… An endless amount of things that you'll have to assess".

The squad
"This group of players have won the last three editions of the Champions League and tonight we've gone out of the competition. This group of champions has won four of the last five Champions Leagues and it's a sad time that highlights what the team has achieved in the past and how tough it is to win the European Cup".

This season
"It has been a tough season, but that’s what we’re here for: to give it our all and show our character in the tough moments. The good times are easier for us to get through, but we need to get through the tough moments with courage and never give up. What we need to do is remain calm and approach it with the best possible character.

Madrid always bounce back and we'll be better for it.

"The season goes on. There's a big gap in LaLiga, but we have to remain professional. Real Madrid are bigger than all of this, we will come back bigger and better, we’ll be better than before".

The changes
"When you make two changes anything can happen that might force you to use your last sub, that’s why I waited. You saw what happened, Bale went off injured and we had to finish up with 10 men because I’d used up all the subs".

His job
"I didn’t come here in such troubling times just to give up. I am here to work and give my best. The players are here to give their best in order to be better tomorrow than they were yesterday".

"We’ll be training tomorrow, we have our LaLiga commitments at the weekend. We all have an obligation, we have to be professional and show that we have this team in our hearts, we’ll come in to work tomorrow and give the best for the team".