Santiago Solari denies freezing out Marcelo and Isco

Football 14 January 2019 00:13 GMT

Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari has defended himself against claims of freezing out certain members of the Los Blancos squad stating anyone can play and is based on tactical decisions.

I have to make decisions for specific moments,” he told the media as quoted by Marca.

“We have many injured players, especially in attack, so I had to find solutions to try to win the game.

“Some will play and some will not.

“We have three competitions and there will be another game in three days, so players will get chances.

“There is nothing personal with anyone.

“I’m sorry to be repeating myself, but the squad is what it is and we do the best we can.

“Everyone can play and everyone is part of the group, I have said that from my first day here.”

Solari, speaking after the 2-1 late winner from former Betis man Dani Ceballos, whose free-kick won the game praised the player’s attitude.

“He has those [Betis] colours in his heart and I’ve also had to return to an old club,” he said.

“It is an exciting moment for anyone and then there is the famous law of the ex that hurts so often.

“This time, it did so in our favour thanks to Dani.

“He did very well.”

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