The coach, in expressing his pleasure, emphasised the difficult situation he inherited when he took charge in October.
Madrid are seven points adrift of leaders FC Barcelona with 17 games
played and are fourth in the standings as they prepare to host Real
Sociedad on Sunday.
While that may not be good enough for a team
that has won the last three UEFA Champions League titles, Solari said
they had made big advances since October.
He succeeded Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked in October when Real Madrid were also seven points behind Barca.
objective is to keep on climbing the table, but we know that we had a
very difficult start. We have risen from ninth place to fourth,” Solari
told a news conference on Saturday.
“We have to keep fighting and relish the challenge of taking on difficult situations, which is what we’ve been doing.
“We are happy with how we are doing and we have to keep on reducing the gap between us and the leaders.”
Solari has won five out of seven La Liga games since taking over from Lopetegui, who lost six of his 10 matches.
He also earned a first trophy as a coach by winning the FIFA Club World Cup in December.