'Majority of Madrid players have delivered, some have not’, Solari says

Real coach Santiago Solari arrives at the pitch ahead of the Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid Spain Tuesday

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari has said he has told a small number of his players they have not performed at the level expected this season as his side prepare for the final stretch of a campaign with no realistic chance of winning a trophy.

Solari is under mounting pressure following Real Madrid's elimination from the Champions League on Tuesday night at the hands of Ajax.

It was a bad week for Solari and Madrid, who lost three consecutive home matches against Barca and Ajax.

After a series of unconvincing results, Los Blancos suffered back-to-back defeats to longstanding rivals Barcelona last week and saw themselves eliminated from the Copa del Rey and out of the race for the Spanish league title in a span of three days.

This is due to his leadership skills and the reputation he is held in by the fans, which would give him a similar profile to that of former manager Zinedine Zidane.

A surprise 4-1 home loss to Ajax in the Champions League followed. It's an honour to serve this club.

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"I take it [Madrid's interest] as something positive, it means someone has noticed that we are doing something right", added the Argentine.

Solari was around 80 minutes late to his news conference, prompting some to speculate that he had held a discussion with senior players amid talk of an argument between captain Sergio Ramos and president Florentino Perez.

Asked about Zidane and Mourinho, the Barca head coach told reporters: "They're good coaches and I have no doubt about that, as they've demonstrated it".

Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino says he would like to return to Spain in the future and said he welcomes his name being linked with the Real Madrid job as it speaks highly of his achievements with Spurs.

As for Los Blancos, they travel to Real Valladolid on Sunday, with the reigning European champions sitting third in the table, five points behind Diego Simeone's men.

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