Solari: "Guardiola deliberately left out Real Madrid..."
Pep Guardiola excluded Madrid from his top three teams of the last decade. "Madrid is the best club in history - and also of the last decade", Solari said this afternoon.
Santiago Hernán Solari faced the media in Valdebebas this afternoon to preview Real Madrid's Copa del Rey quarter final return leg against Girona in Montilivi. The coach also responded to Pep Guardiola, who selected his best three teams of the last decade but curiously, decided not to include Madrid...
Making it through to the semi-finals depends on the game Madrid plays tomorrow, overcoming tiredness or the team's intensity? "All of that. We're fighting on three fronts and if we are going to continue battling on all of the them right up until the end, it will be because the players put in intensity, effort, committment and give their heart and soul in every game".
Guardiola picks Juventus, Bayern Munich and Barcelona
Guardiola chose his best three sides of the last decade but Real Madrid wasn't among them... "I think it's a deliberate omission. We're not going to fight about one decade when Real Madrid is the best club of last Century and in the history of the game. And having said that, Madrid are also the best of the last decade. That's because this club never underestimates anyone - never, whatver the situation".
Who is your first choice in attack, Vinicius or Bale? "Those decisions depend on the moment, every game has its own characteristics. The best news is that practically all of the players are now training and are available. That means the squad will be more competitive and that's healthy for the team. Only Vallejo remains out sidelined".
4-2 lead from the first leg
Girona: "There is no such thing as an easy game. We'll be going there to put in a serious game, as we did in LaLiga, and sentence the tie. We'll need to be very vigilant from the start - as we have been in our most recent games"
The difference between Isco and Marcelo being dropped: "What's important if that there is competition and that everyone plays better. That will make us a better and more competitive team. We have a brilliant squad and we'll be battling in every competition we're in"
Madrid are reported to be interest in Luka Jovic: "I can't answer that, I'm sorry".
Atlético fans have serious doubts about Morata: "The job of any footballer, whichever club he plays for, is to be professional and give everything they have and maximum commitment. Later, they might find you love the place you work - that's what happened to me at Real Madrid".