The Argentine Santiago Solari affirmed this Thursday that he applies in his work as coach of the Mexican America values learned during his time at the Real Madrid, in which he was a player, coach and of which he is considered an ambassador.
“I apply the values that are inherent in football, effort, the ability to excel, patience, perseverance and others that are easy to name, but difficult to sustain on a day-to-day basis such as discipline, humility and one that always I try to highlight the gratitude, “he told Efe at a press conference.
Solari, 45, signed for him Real Madrid In 2000 and in five seasons as a merengue footballer, he played 209 games and scored 22 goals. It won two Spanish Leagues, a European Champions League, a Club World Cup and two Spanish Super Cups and one European.
After his retirement as a footballer, Solari trained as a strategist at the Real Madrid, in which he led in lower categories until the first team, which he led to win the Club World Cup in 2018.
Since 2021, Solari commands the Eagles of America, with whom he will debut this Friday in his third Mexican tournament by visiting Puebla on the first day of Clausura 2022.
“We face the new tournament with great enthusiasm, renewed energy, desire to start and enjoy football, an exciting sport that I hope does not have to stop due to the cases of COVID-19,” he said.
Solari He stressed that his squad is depleted since in addition to the five players who left the team, he has seven more out of circulation, including three who tested positive for coronavirus, and his reinforcements, the Chilean Diego Valdés and the Mexican Jonathan dos Santos, they are not ready to play.
“We are happy and excited about the year that begins, but we are short of legs at this start. We have to make up for it with enthusiasm and competitiveness,” he commented.
Solari his permanence as coach of the Eagles at Closure, since in his first two tournaments he was eliminated in the quarterfinals and lost the final of the Champions League Concacaf against Monterrey.
Solari’s sporting results in his first year at the America they were described by the board as “to be forgotten” and even put their permanence in the club at risk.
“We leave the analysis of the past to the nostalgic ones. We face this year with renewed enthusiasm and do our best. Last year we showed a great capacity for work,” he said. Solari.