Copa del Rey 2018-19 preview

Santiago Solari keen for Real Madrid to not look too far ahead

Copa del Rey 2018-19 preview

Real Madrid trounced third division side Melilla 6-1 in a Copa del Rey round of 32 second leg on Thursday, completing a 10-1 aggregate scoreline to ease into the last 16 of the competition.

Real Madrid's newly-appointed manager Santiago Solari has made the decision to relegate Isco to a secondary role at Real Madrid, and this could only mean one thing: the reigning champions of Europe look set to part ways with the talented playmaker as soon as the chance arises. "That's what we all want to see out on the field against Melilla".

Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola and Cristo were all on target for Real in the first leg, while Melilla have since won all five of their league games and hold a five-point lead at the top of their Segunda B group.

"All players in the squad, plus the guys from the Castilla squad who can play are working with intensity, enthusiasm and they're excited", Solari told a press conference.

"He's tired and has some discomfort, the games against Eibar and Roma and it took a lot out of him, it's normal that he's exhausted", said Solari.

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.

Real Madrid are not going to sell Isco for pennies on the dollar, though - Los Blancos have already established the amount that would convince them to allow the 26-year-old midfielder to leave Santiago Bernabeu.

"I'm also very happy for Asensio, who scored two goals, and for Vinicius, who did another".

Real Madrid reportedly begin plans to bring Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho back to the club by lining up Xabi Alonso as his assistant at the Bernabeu.

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