Dani Carvajal explains why Isco snubbed the Real Madrid captain's armband

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Daniel Carvajal

Being booed by the fans was not the only news Isco found himself in the middle of, during Real Madrid’s 3-0 shock defeat against CSKA Moscow.

The midfielder – who is Madrid’s third captain – was supposed to don the captain’s armband when Marcelo was taken off. But the Spaniard handed the armband to fourth captain Dani Carvajal, which gave rise to quite a few questions.

However, Carvajal cleared the air and mentioned that the former Malaga man was merely honouring a promise.

“I feel very proud and honoured to have worn the armband in a competitive match,” Carvajal told Real Madrid TV.

“I’d like to thank Isco, because by rights he should have had it, as he signed for the club a few days before me.

“He wore it against Melilla, and he said to me then that next time, if the circumstance came about again, he would let me have it. I’m grateful to him for that, because it was a really nice gesture.”

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Gareth Bale injury will be evaluated, says Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari

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Santiago Solari

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.

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Real Madrid fans within their rights to express displeasure, says Marcelo

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Marcelo

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.”

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