Real Madrid’s woeful night at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday was not limited to the scoreline alone.
Gareth Bale – who came on as a second half substitute in their 3-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow – picked up an ankle injury.
Head coach Santiago Solari maintained that the injury was not due to lack of adequate rest. The severity of the injury will be evaluated soon.
“It is not a question of rest,” said the Argentine. “It is his ankle.
“We will look at the evaluation and we will chat with him.”
Los Blancos next host Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, before travelling to the UAE for the Club World Cup.
Real Madrid were humiliated at home by CSKA Moscow on Wednesday in a Champions fixture that ended 3-0 in favour of the visitors.
Isco had a game to forget and the fans at Santiago Bernabeu ensured that their unhappiness regarding the Spaniard’s performance came to his notice. The midfielder was treated to boos and jeers from the fans.
Marcelo defended the action of the fans and mentioned that it is within their rights to display any displeasure.
“The fans have the right to whistle if they are not happy with someone,” Marcelo said after the game.
The Brazilian spoke about how he has been at the receiving end of such a treatment in the past, but maintained that the team is united despite the crisis.
He said: “They have also done it to me.
“We are a team and we are going to work hard so that it doesn’t happen anymore.”
A 3-0 defeat was a shocking result, but Marcelo denies that Real Madrid gave up towards the end.
“In Madrid you have to fight until the end,” he added.
“We haven’t lowered our arms, it’s difficult to play in a game like that.
“Three-nil is a difficult score to overcome and we knew that but we tried until the end.”
Brazilian legend Ronaldo – who completed a take-over at Real Valladolid – is yet to make a significant move ahead of the transfer window opening next month.
There have been talks that the former Galactico is looking to rope in countryman Vinicius Junior on loan from Real Madrid.
With Real Madrid enduring a crisis, the chances of this move materialising appear to be bleak. However, Ronaldo claims to have spoken to Los Blancos president Florentino Perez but deemed it difficult.
“I’ve already asked Florentino [for Vinicius Junior], but it’s very difficult,” Ronaldo told Sports Breakfast Europa Press.
The 42-year-old believes that Madrid are favourites to win the Club World Cup, despite their dip in form.
“Teams go there knowing that they will suffer when they face Real Madrid,” he confirmed.
“They aren’t at their best in this moment, but in these kind of competitions, Real Madrid are better.”