Real ease into last 16 of Copa del Rey with Melilla romp


The Argentine gaffer felt disrespected by the Spaniard and subsequently dropped him from the squad for Real Madrid's game versus AS Roma.

He was left out of the team in Madrid's 4-0 win over Melilla in the first leg of the Spanish Cup.

"I'm very happy with Isco".

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he sees no one as an "indisputable" starter after receiving criticism for his sparing use of midfield star Isco.

Skipper Isco helped himself to two goals either side of Vinicius Junior's effort after the restart with Yacine Qasmi's late penalty providing a measure of consolation for the visitors. We train hard so that everyone is at their best and focussed.

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"There is no time to think about it and we don't know who will be in the tournament", he added.

As such, Solari was very careful with Llorente and took him off at half time against Melilla, not because he doesn't trust him but because he wanted to keep him fit. The starlet turned first team regular. Marco Asensio, took control against UD Melilla in the Copa del Rey, with a simply outstanding first half performance.

"I was delighted with the debuts of [Alvaro] Fidalgo, Francisco Garcia and the goal from Javi Sanchez".

Addressing a press conference after the match, the Los Blancos' coach said, "Today's game was beneficial, it allows us to see how many quality, committed players we have, they put in a solid display and showed real spark up top".

The Champions League holders bounced back from their shock defeat away to Eibar with a 2-0 victory against Valencia last Saturday and face an away trip to struggling Huesca this weekend.