Solari is glad for Isco’s outstanding performance against Melilla

Solari is glad for Isco’s outstanding performance against Melilla

The home team started as they meant to go, pressing Melilla, who looked exhausted from the first minute, lacking the energy to keep up with Madrid's frantic attacking, and Marco Asensio rediscovered his golden touch against the minnows, scoring twice and laying on a attractive assist for Javi Sanchez, who took his attempt like the very best of #9's around. He has won six of his seven games in charge.

Late goals from Jorge Moreno and Rafael Dwamena saw Levante through 2-0 against Lugo, while Sporting Gijon became the only lower league side to make it into the last 16 following a 2-2 draw away to Eibar, which gave them a 4-2 aggregate win.

"There are 24 players on the squad, plus the boys from the academy", Solari told reporters. "I am watching them work with enthusiasm". Melilla are very good, the leader of Segunda B.

Solari was giving little away in terms of team selection, but Castilla players Javi Sanchez, Fidalgo and Cristo have been included in his squad.

It remains to be seen if Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric will be rested, but Solari was full of praise for the Croatia midfielder.

Solari is glad for Isco’s outstanding performance against Melilla

However, Solari is expected to be on top of his game, to ensure the Los Blancos improve on their fifth spot before the turn of the year.

"It was Luka's year, and the focus should be on him", the coach said.

As such, Solari was very careful with Llorente and took him off at half time against Melilla, not because he doesn't trust him but because he wanted to keep him fit.

"I'm very happy with Isco".

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