Santiago Solari praises out of favour Isco after Copa del Rey double

Santiago Solari praises out of favour Isco after Copa del Rey double

Santiago Solari praises out of favour Isco after Copa del Rey double

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.

The two sides meet again at the Bernabeu Stadium on Thursday and Solari has since been appointed as Julen Lopetegui's permanent replacement.

Thursday's game will be the first since Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, making him the first player to beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to it since Kaka in 2007. Scroll down for predictions, betting tips and odds, TV channel, head to head history and live stream information.

Isco is under contract with Real Madrid until 2020 and Los Blancos apparently have no intention of letting him leave anytime soon which the aforementioned price tag is clearly stating.

Llorente gives the team a different dimension, as he offers them a platform to build play from the deep, unlike Casemiro, but he also fulfills his defensive duties in helping out his full-backs and defenders during their attacking forays.

Santiago Solari praises out of favour Isco after Copa del Rey double

Now in full time charge Solari rang the changes for this match up against modest Melilla, with the Argentine resting the likes of Thibaut Courtois, newly crowned Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema.

"It's Modric's year", Solari added.

Solari was taking charge of his first game as temporary boss when Real cruised to a 4-0 win in the away leg against the third-tier side at the end of October. It seems to me that at that age it's more handsome because he can truly value it.

"I'm very happy with Isco".

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