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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 November 2018

Santiago Solari takes charge of first Real Madrid training session - in pictures

Argentine placed in temporary charge following Julen Lopetegui's sacking on Monday

Santiago Solari took charge of his first Real Madrid training session on Wednesday since being placed in temporary charge following Julen Lopetegui's sacking.

Lopetegui was sacked late Monday just three months into his first season in charge after the Spanish giants were beaten by arch rivals Barcelona 5-1 over the weekend.

Solari has been in charge of Real's B team, known as Castilla, since July 2016 and will be at the helm for Wednesday's when they travel to Melilla, the tiny Spanish enclave in north Africa, for a Copa del Rey match.

Argentine Solari, a left-sided midfielder, was born in Rosario, and started his playing career at River Plate before signing for Real's arch rivals Atletico in January 1999. They were relegated the following season and he subsequently moved to the Bernabeu where he spent five years, winning La Liga in 2000-01 and 2002-03 and the Uefa Champions League in 2001-02.

Solari worked with first-team players including Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Marco Asensio at the Ciudad Real Madrid training facilities in the Madrid suburb of Valdebebas.

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