Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Real Madrid rout Melilla, cruise into Copa del Rey last 16

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Kristopher Love | 08 December, 2018, 03:15

Despite Los Blancos' 4-0 away victory in the first leg of round of 32 Copa del Rey against Melilla, the Argentine coach stressed that his club must not underestimate the upcoming opponent.

Dani Carvajal is set to start at right-back, with former Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois between the sticks ahead of Keylor Navas.

Both Isco and Asensio, part of Spain's faltering World Cup campaign in Russian Federation, had not started any of first seven games under new club manager Santiago Solari but were included in a highly-rotated clash against the third-tier side.

The Spanish midfielder has fallen out of favour ever since the arrival of Santiago Solari, and has requested for an exit in order to gain more first-team action in another league, but now it appears Madrid are unwilling to let him go for cheap.

"Then there are injuries or fitness issues. The work of the coaches is to interpret well and try not to make mistakes". "I think that in a style of play like City's he could do very well". Here are the talking points from the game. The Spaniard doesn't bring the same brutal physicality, but his play has been superb so far, and the squad has not missed Casemiro.

"I'm happy for what the veterans did, the youngsters of the first-team squad and the homegrown players who debuted".

The soon returning Brazilian would find it hard to break back into the team, as Llorente started his third successive game, completing a good 45 before being subbed off by Solari, who must've had the clash against Huesca in mind.