Former Real Madrid player, Predrag Mijatovic, has backed Santiago Solari, claiming that he is the right man to lead the club to more glory. 

Following a patchy start to the campaign, Madrid seem to have steadied their ship and look to be peaking at the right time. 

The defending champions, make the trip to Ajax for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash, and Mijatovic, who scored the winner in the same stadium as Los Blancos beat Juventus 1-0 in the 1998 Champions League final, has backed his former club for more success over the course of the season. 

"[Solari] is proving to be a coach who can lead this team," he said to MARCA.

"He has made some difficult decisions and he plays the line-up that he considers to be best. I thought [Gareth] Bale would play at the Camp Nou and I was surprised to see him choose Vinicius [Junior]."

"Real Madrid are getting better every day. February has started with a very good match against Barcelona, and another very good performance against Atletico Madrid. Now comes the Champions League and I really want to watch the game on Wednesday."

Real Madrid vice-captain, Marcelo has fallen out of favour under Solari, but Mijatovic feels he'll regain his place soon enough. 

"He's a great player but since he hasn't had any competition, he's probably relaxed," argued the former Madrid forward.

"Right now he's not having the best of times, but he's probably going to become the starter again. For now, [Sergio] Reguilon is doing very well; [Marcelo] is recoverable but it depends on him," he concluded.