Isco‘s playing time has been limited under Santiago Solari, but the new Real Madrid manager gave the player his backing after Madrid’s fans subjected the playmaker to whistles during the team’s shock 3-0 loss to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
The loss was Madrid’s worst-ever European defeat at home, and their fans expressed their displeasure, with Isco targeted for a below-par performance that included a missed chance when through on goal.
He could be seen saying “What do you want?” in response to the fans’ jeers, which led to near-constant booing of the player for the next ten minutes – though other videos suggested he was merely arguing with a referee over being denied a corner-kick.
However, Solari has backed the 25-year-old to produce his best form in the famous white shirt again.
“He’s a mature, professional guy who has brought much joy to this club and we’re sure he’ll continue to do so,” Solari said.
“He works hard every day to give it his all, and a coach’s hardest job is to choose who is going to play and who will be on the bench.
“They’re all great players who have done great things. I heard applause the other day as well.
“The fans express themselves and the team must go in search of their support. We need it, it’s what we want.
Throughout the history of this club, everything we’ve achieved has come through unity with the fans. We hope they’ll help us and show their support tomorrow,” said Solari.
However, some other videos suggest that he could have been arguing with UEFA’s baseline referee and asking for a corner-kick.
Gareth Bale is set to miss Real Madrid’s La Liga clash with Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
The Welshman has been suffering with an ankle injury he picked up during Madrid’s 3-0 defeat by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
Having missed training on Thursday and Friday, coach Santiago Solari intimated that Bale would miss the match against their Madrid neighbours.
“We will see how ankle improves from yesterday to today and from today to tomorrow,” said Solari. “We will speak to the medical team and with him (Bale).”
Madrid will hope to have Bale back for Wednesday’s semi-final in the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
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10:00am – Marcelo says Madrid miss Ronaldo
Real Madrid full-back Marcelo admits his side miss Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar joined Juventus in July after nine glittering seasons at the Bernabeu.
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9:00 am: Carvajal explains Isco’s armband snub
Isco was supposed to don the captain’s armband when Marcelo was taken off against Moscow on Wednesday night. But the Spaniard handed the armband to fourth captain Dani Carvajal, which gave rise to quite a few questions.
However, Carvajal explained the snub and mentioned that Isco was merely honouring a promise.
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8:00 am: Bale’s injury will be evaluated, says Solari
Gareth Bale picked up an ankle injury during his cameo in Real Madrid‘s 3-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow. With the Club World Cup round the corner, this comes as a huge cause for concern for Los Blancos.
Prior to their clash against Rayo Vallecano, head coach Santiago Solari issued a statement about the injury.
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