Solari was given a permanent contract before the international break after replacing Lopetegui. He revamped the squad and put it back on track in the Spanish league and the Champions League, quickly gaining fans’ approval. The former midfielder was picked among candidates that reportedly included Antonio Conte and Roberto Martinez.
Madrid had outscored opponents 15-2 in the four wins under Solari, who took over with the team ninth in the league. Madrid’s last game under Lopetegui was a 5-1 loss at Barcelona.
Saturday’s defeat left Madrid with one of the league’s worst defenses with 19 goals conceded. Only three teams have conceded more than Madrid — Celta Vigo, Rayo Vallecano and last-place Huesca.
Eibar moved two points behind Madrid after its second win in three matches.
The hosts opened the scoring through Gonzalo Escalante after a quick counterattack in the 16th minute. Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made an initial save but Escalante got to the loose ball and easily found the net from close range. The goal was confirmed by video review.
Sergi Enrich added to the lead early in the second half after a defensive mistake by Madrid right back Alvaro Odriozola, who had the ball stolen from him near the area in the play that led to the goal. Kike Garcia got the third five minutes later after Madrid’s defense again couldn’t clear a ball crossed into the area at Ipurua Stadium.
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