Santiago Solari urges Gareth Bale to shine after El Clasico's criticism

Santiago Solari urges Gareth Bale to shine after El Clasico's criticism

Real Madrid interim coach Santiago Solari has asked Gareth Bale to respond to his criticism and show more consistency for the stumbling European champions, after underperforming in the miserable 5-1 win over Barcelona at El Clasico last week.

Bale, Real's record, was in the line of fire this week for a flabby display of blows at Camp Nou.

The result led to coach Julen Lopetegui being sacked in five games after being defeated in the fourth division, leaving the team ninth in the league.

Real Madrid's interim coach Santiago Solari has asked Gareth Bale to answer his critics

Real Madrid's interim coach Santiago Solari has asked Gareth Bale to answer his critics

Real Madrid's interim coach Santiago Solari has asked Gareth Bale to answer his critics

The Wales striker still has to evolve and become the club's talisman figure since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus. He was especially criticized for not pushing opponents and working defensively when Barca broke out towards the end of the second half.

"Bale is in the limelight and I hope he shows us his tremendous talent," Solari told Real Valladolid at a press conference ahead of Rea's Real La League match on Saturday.

"We want to enjoy him every day, he is a fantastic player."

Bale has a good reminder that he took on Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu after scoring a 4-0 win over Madrid in his debut season.

Valladolid, owned by former Real and Brazilian striker Ronaldo, is one of the league's surprise packages and has not been defeated in their last six games. There are currently three seats in the table above Madrid.

Solari, who was overseen on Wednesday by a 4-0 win against third division Melilla in the Copa del Rey with impressive performances by emerging talents like Vinicius Jr and Alvaro Odriozola, also warned the older players of Real that their place in the team was not could be guaranteed.

Bale was in the line of fire this week to show off at the Nou Camp

Bale was in the line of fire this week to show off at the Nou Camp

Bale was in the line of fire this week to show off at the Nou Camp

"There are no undeniable players here, because there will always be injuries or players that are below their level," he said.

"We have players here who have survived and won many battles, but we also have many young players who have a lot of talent."

Solari has to lean against Valladolid because of a series of injuries in the defense. Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal and Marcelo are not available. Also Mariano Diaz is not there.

Bale has not risen yet and has become the club's talismanic figure since Cristiano Ronaldo left

Bale has not risen yet and has become the club's talismanic figure since Cristiano Ronaldo left

Bale has not yet been able to become the club's talisman since Cristiano Ronaldo left

Solari, who was a 2002 Champions League midfielder at Real and a former Argentine international, has been coach of the Castilla reserve team since 2016.

If Real does not appoint a successor to Lopetegui until 12 November, the Argentinian will automatically become Real's coach until the end of the season.

According to the regulations of the Spanish Football Association, an interim coach may be in office for a maximum of two weeks.

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