Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari talked to the press ahead of Sunday’s home game against Real Sociedad. Los Blancos have not been performing well in La Liga lately and are seven points behind Barcelona after a 2-2 draw in Villarreal last Thursday. Still, Solari isn’t worried.
“Every team competes here. This is one of the most beautiful leagues out there and there are no easy games. Every single team has the talent to beat anybody. It’s a very competitive league and we can’t underestimate our draws, even though we obviously want to win. The competition is still open, we completed a good first half in Villarreal and now we will try to earn the three points this Sunday,” said Solari.
“Our goal is to keep improving our position in the table. We know that our start was tough but now we’re in fourth position. We have to go out there and battle embracing this challenge, that’s what we’re doing. We’re happy and we still have to climb some positions,” he added.
The Argentinian coach also talked about Bale’s injury.
“It looks like it is not a severe injury and we’re hoping to have him with us soon. He will receive tests today and we will soon have more information,” explained Solari.
Marcelo has had an abysmal season so far, but the Brazilian defender still has Solari’s trust.
“He had a very tough semester with three different muscle injuries. He’s been back little by little. Then we had the Christmas break and the Club World Cup. He’s been improving his conditioning little by little and it’s important that he doesn’t pick up an injury again because he’s a crucial player for our team, we have to take care of him,” said the coach, who also shared some words about Isco.
“Isco has so much quality that he can play everywhere on the field. Sometimes you don’t have to rely on your speed but on your quality, creativity and skills. Every player has his own skill set,” concluded Solari.