Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari insisted he has no intention of quitting following the club’s shock Champions League capitulation at the hands of Ajax.
Three-time defending champions Madrid were humiliated by Ajax, who claimed an unforgettable 4-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
The embarrassing defeat – Madrid’s fourth in succession on home soil having lost twice to bitter rivals Barcelona in the space of a week – capped a 5-3 aggregate defeat for the Spanish giants.
“I didn’t come here to give up,” he told a post-match press conference.
Solari added via Movistar: “The season is difficult, but we are here to show our heart and character in difficult moments. Easy moments are easy for everyone, you can climb up and surf them, but difficult moments you have to show bravery.”
“What we must do is remain as calm as possible in such a difficult moment and take it on with the best character,” he continued. “Madrid is bigger than any of us – it always returns – and returns even stronger.”
Madrid’s last-16 exit only amplified the pressure on Solari with the team 12 points off the pace in LaLiga but the 42-year-old, who replaced Julen Lopetegui last year, has no plans to walk away.
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