Valverde: Solari is good, just like Zidane and Mourinho

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde appeared to stand up for Real Madrid counterpart Santiago Solari, who faces an uncertain future.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari   -  Getty Images

Santiago Solari received the backing of Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde, who said the under-fire Real Madrid boss is a good coach.

Zinedine Zidane and Jose Mourinho have been linked with returns to the Santiago Bernabeu, where Solari is facing an uncertain future following Madrid's Champions League last-16 elimination.

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Madrid squandered a 2-1 first-leg lead as the three-time reigning European champion was sensationally routed 4-1 by Ajax in the Spanish capital, where Solari's men are all but out of the LaLiga title race.

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

"Just like Solari is as well."

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

Back-to-back defeats to Barcelona at the Bernabeu saw Madrid lose in the Copa del Rey semifinals and fall 12 points off the pace in LaLiga.

Madrid – third in the league standings – is away to Real Valladolid on Sunday, while Barca hosts Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

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