Solari wants to see intensity against minnows Melilla

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2018

Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari has told his players to forget about the FIFA Club World Cup after seeing them crush minnows Melilla to secure a seventh win in eight games.

Isco has been used from the bench by Solari, but fans and pundits alike have been puzzled by his treatment of the playmaker.

After winning the first leg 4-0 in what feels like an eternity ago, Real Madrid are now in the act of welling and truly seeing off Melilla in the second instalment of their Copa Del Rey round of 32 tie.

In the meantime, Solari will prepare for Sunday's league visit to Huesca having seen his side complete a regulation second-leg victory over Melilla despite the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema not even making the matchday squad.

The Argentine coach pointed out that there are 24 players on the first team, plus the players of the Castilla squad, stressing that they all "are working with intensity, enthusiasm and they're excited". It's a competition that I am passionate about, I think it's brilliant'.

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However, Isco's position has not been helped by the posting of a photo on social media in which some have said he looked out of shape. "If you put the focus on the one that did not play, you will always have someone to ask me about".

"This game let us see many players who are well and committed", Solari added.

The 26-year-old has played a bit-part role of late following a bust-up with manager Santiago Solari. He's had a wonderful year and he's given everything to Real Madrid and his national team.

"I'm also very happy for Asensio, who scored two goals, and for Vinicius, who did another".

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