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Solari: “It’s an honor to host the Copa Libertadores Final”

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The coach speaks ahead of Saturday’s clash against Valencia.

SD Eibar v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari spoke ahead of the team’s match against Valencia, which will be played this Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos need to bounce back and earn the three points after the discouraging loss to Eibar last weekend, but Valencia have improved their from and won’t be easy to beat.

“We know they are a well-organised and tactically disciplined team. They have conceded very few goals and we’ll have to focus on our players and their talent, and make sure we’re clinical and aggressive in the top three-quarters of the pitch,” said Solari when asked about the opposition.

He also talked about Isco’s situation. The midfielder wasn’t even on the bench against Roma and reports suggested that he isn’t working hard enough during training sessions.

“I consider that the subject is closed, and that I can’t be aware of your speculations,” he said to gathered media. The squad is made up of 24 professionals and they all work. I do what I think is best for everyone, we are all important because we are all Real Madrid,” added the coach.

The Santiago Bernabeu will host the Copa Libertadores Final between River Plate and Boca Juniors. Solari, being from Argentina, was happy to see that CONMEBOL found a way out of all the drama surrounding that Final.

“I’ve got mixed feelings. On the one hand, it’s an honour for madridismo, for our stadium, to host the final of the Copa Libertadores and a Clásico of Argentine football at the Santiago Bernabéu. I hope that a stadium that boasts our history can help to bring a positive end to what has been a difficult finale. On the other hand, I can’t ignore the reasons which have brought the game here. Playing on the other side of the ocean from Buenos Aires has broken many hearts and it’s a real shame, especially in terms of setting an example for our children,” explained Solari.

Real Madrid are currently five points behind Barcelona in the table and will need to cut that lead as soon as possible.