After three losses in succession on home soil in three different competitions—culminating in a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Ajax in the UEFA Champions League—effectively brought an end to Madrid's season, talk has already turned to the future and who may come in after Solari.
Pochettino is one of a number of names reported to be in the frame. Speaking to TVE (h/t AS), the Spurs boss said he would like to return to Spain again having enjoyed a spell at Espanyol, and he added any interest from Los Blancos is a sign of good work being done in his current role:
"My relationship with Spain will always be there. Hopefully one day I can go back there and play some winning football that people like to watch. I would consider going back. You should always remain open to new experiences and new projects. ...
"I see it (Real Madrid interest) as something positive. It means that someone there has noticed that we're doing our jobs well."
Pochettino was also asked directly about the struggles of Solari following a challenging run for Madrid.
"I know him because we played together," the Tottenham boss said of his compatriot. "He is a colleague, and it's always frustrating and disappointing when teams like PSG or Real Madrid get knocked out of the big competitions"
The manner in which Real's season has unravelled has been remarkable. Sid Lowe of the Guardian put into context just how bad the recent week was for the Spanish giants:
Per OmniSport, following the humiliating defeat to Ajax, Solari said he isn't the kind of character who will walk away from the job:
Even so, reports would suggest he won't have too much longer in the Santiago Bernabeu hot seat.
According to AS, Pochettino is Madrid's top target to take over as boss in the summer. It's been reported by Paola Nunez of ESPN Deportes that Solari is now effectively "an interim manager" and will be gone when a replacement is secure, with former bosses Jose Mourinho and Zinedine Zidane in the frame.
Pochettino has also previously been linked with Manchester United, although it would now be a huge surprise if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn't given the job on a full-time basis.
Football writer Daniel Storey summed up why Pochettino is so highly rated:
Following an abject campaign, Solari is unlikely to be in charge come the end of the season, and Madrid would benefit from an experienced coach with pedigree stepping in.
While Mourinho and Zidane both tick those boxes, Pochettino now surely represents the ideal long-term candidate for Madrid. The core of the Los Blancos team may be ageing, but there are a number of high-class young players at the club who would thrive under his guidance.