Sergio Ramos has denied a rift with Real Madrid team-mate Marcelo and admitted that his suspension in the Champions League was a mistake.
Defeat to Barcelona in La Liga, exit to their bitter rivals in the Copa del Rey and elimination from the Champions League to Ajax have seen Madrid have arguably their worst week in history.
With nothing left to play for this season, Los Blancos must now look to address various issues, including their failure to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last summer – if he is replacable.
And, the future of Solari, who despite winning games for the most part since taking over before Christmas – he has lost the games that matter.
With concentration of those various issues, club captain Sergio Ramos had attempted to address some claims and concerns.
Having received a yellow card in the first leg of the game with Ajax, Ramos has been hit with criticism and he told his followers on social media that the incident was a mistake.
“Absolutely it was an error and I take the blame 200%,” he wrote. “As footballers we like to do our talking on the pitch but this season is not turning out that way. Recent events have been disastrous and I’m not hiding. We are not hiding.
“We the players are primarily responsible and I, as captain, more than anyone,”
Finally, on Marcelo, Ramos said that he and the Brazilian defender have not had a falling out.
“We have exchanges in every training session. It’s part of working with pressure. But it’s just an anecdote like so many others that happen from day to day. Marcelo is like a brother to me.”
Marca have looked deeply into the goings on at the Santiago Bernabeu since the defeat to Ajax last week and they have now looked at Solari’s relationship or lack of – with his squad.
The Spanish daily, who are usually supportive of Madrid, claim that Solari and some of Madrid’s more senior players do not co-exist, picking up on Marcelo and Isco, who continue to be substitutes or largely unused.
Gareth Bale is another, however, his time at the Santiago Bernabeu looks to be coming to end due to form and a lack of adaptation to life in Spain.
Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Keylor Navas – all major players over the past few seasons – are also said to be at odds with the Argentine.
Time will tell now if Florentino Perez opts to keep Solari at the club for some, if not all, of the above Madrid players – their futures could lie elsewhere.