Santiago Solari began his interim spell in charge of Real Madrid with a comfortable 4-0 Copa del Rey last-32, the first-leg victory over UD Melilla.
Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola and Cristo Gonzalez were on the scoresheet for the La Liga side. Melilla is a tiny Spanish enclave of about 4.7 square miles on the north coast of Morocco.
It has a population of 86,000, with the game taking place at a packed Alvarez Claro Stadium which has a capacity of 10,000. The second leg will be 460 miles away at Real’s Santiago Bernabeu on 5 December.
Former Argentina international Solari “provisionally” stepped up from Real’s Castilla B team, although Spanish regulations state an interim coach can be at the helm for a fortnight – but must be appointed officially after 15 days, or not at all.
During that period, the 52-year-old has games against Valladolid – sixth in La Liga – on Saturday, Group G’s bottom side Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on 7 November, and mid-table Celta Vigo the following Sunday.
Real have earned 14 out of a possible 30 league points this season and have taken only one from their past five matches – their worst run since they were pointless in the final five games of 2008-09 under Juande Ramos.
Source: BBC News