Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Solari: I am very happy for Isco

Solari: I am very happy for Isco

It was Santiago Solari's first game in charge since signing a permanent deal with Los Blancos as his side was unable to find the back of the net in the embarrassing defeat. The Malaga native has seen a huge decrease in involvement, and was even left out of the squad entirely by Solari, most notably against Roma at the Stadio Olympico in the Champions League. Mariano also started his first match since returning to full fitness.

Real skipper Isco and fellow Spain midfielder Marco Asensio bagged four between them at the Bernabeu, with starlets Vinicius Junior and Javier Sánchez de Felipe rounding off a return-leg romp.

I am thrilled for Isco, for his two goals and it is a shame about the other one that the goalkeeper kept out.

Vinicius took on 3 Melilla defenders, and made it 5 with 15 minutes to go after Asensio laid the ball onto him.

However, Solari moved swiftly to keep feet firmly on the ground with league games against Huesca and Rayo Vallecano to come either side of CSKA Moscow's Champions League trip to Madrid before he and his players head for the United Arab Emirates later this month. The first shot was parried away, but the rebound fell right onto his feet, and he made no mistake, getting his goal. I got very sad because he failed to score before the break what could have been a great goal. The Spaniard doesn't bring the same brutal physicality, but his play has been superb so far, and the squad has not missed Casemiro. We train hard so that everyone is at their best and focussed.

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