Real Madrid beat Celta to narrow Barca lead

Real Madrid beat Celta to narrow Barca lead

The 42-year-old has now been backed until the end of the season having won all four of his games since replacing Julen Lopetegui.

Real Madrid notched a fourth straight win under interim coach Santiago Solari by winning 4-2 at Celta Vigo on Sunday to move to within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Solari's future is set to be determined on Monday as Spanish league rules dictate caretaker managers can not be in charge of a club for more than 14 days.

Karim Benzema and a Gustavo Cabral own goal gave Real a 2-0 lead at Balaidos before Hugo Mallo reduced the deficit.

Lopetegui was sacked following Real's 5-1 defeat in El Clasico last month, but Real have scored 15 goals and conceded just twice in the four games Solari has been in charge, leading to club president Florentino Perez extending his stay in the dugout.

"We will see", he said.

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After that time, the temporary boss must be made permanent if they are to continue in the role - and it will be exactly two weeks on Monday since Solari was put in charge.

Champions Barca had earlier on Sunday lost 4-3 at home to an impressive Real Betis side, and this Madrid victory brings the European champions back into the Spanish title race.

After the worldwide break, Madrids generous run of games continues with league matches against Eibar, Valencia, Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal before Christmas, none of whom now reside in La Ligas top half.

"It's a great opportunity and it's a great club", Solari said. "Casemiro had to come off. Gareth made a huge effort to last the whole game, with his ankle very swollen, after Celta played very aggressively, on the line of the rules".

"Santiago Solari? What I can say is that we are very happy with him, that's the truth", said Butragueno.

Vazquez told reporters of goings on in the Spanish capital: "It was a very important match for us, we win again and when you chase good results, confidence increases and things come out". "We are very happy with how things have gone".

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