The confirmation of Santiago Solari as the permanent boss of Real Madrid has dominated La Liga news in the last two weeks.
Solari has impressed in the brief time he’s been in charge, winning four out of four games in all competitions, stabilising the club following a tumultuous start to the season, under former boss Julen Lopetegui.
The biggest story of his time at the helm has been the form of Karim Benzema, who has rediscovered his goal scoring touch.
Benzema netted four La Liga goals under Lopetegui, however he has also endured an eight game run without scoring in domestic and European competition, before the exit of the former Spain boss.
He scored the first goal of Solari’s reign, with the opener in the Copa del Rey win over Melilla, before two against Viktoria Plzen and the first goal in the 4-2 win over Celta Vigo.
With Cristiano Ronaldo gone, there is even more impetus on Benzema to be the main man for Real this season, but he will need to make a dramatic improvement from recent seasons.
The former Lyon striker has only reached double figures in goals once in the last two seasons, with 11 in 2016-17, but he has already equalled his La Liga tally from 2017-18.
The signs look positive under Solari, who will let Benzema lead the line and place his faith in him for Real’s big games this season.
The former Argentinian international has made other changes to Lopetegui’s starting XI, with injuries forcing his hand in some areas, and the players are performing with a renewed confidence.
In defence, the former left back, has had to readjust due to an injury crisis – bringing in players that he had previously coached in his role at the Real Madrid reserve side.
Odriozola, who signed in the summer from Real Sociedad, had been earmarked as the long term replacement for Dani Carvajal, but his chances have been limited.
Rodriguez has benfited from an injury to Brazilian international Marcelo, and he has proved himself to be an able deputy, and will remain with the first team for the rest of the season.
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