In a historic defeat for Real Madrid, Santiago Solari recognised that his side were very poor as they lost 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to CSKA Moscow, while also stating that the whistles directed towards Isco were rather directed towards the overall team.
Madrid had already secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League before kick-off and CSKA had to better Viktoria Plzen’sresult to secure Europa League football, though the Czech’s beat Roma 2-1.
“We were not forceful in the rival area, nor ours,” Solari said when asked about the overall match.
“In the second half, all of us were bad.”
Following a piece of play were Isco took too long on the ball and the opportunity was lost, there appeared to be some whistles directed towards the midfielder from the fans, though Solari feels like this was towards the team as a whole.
“The fans express themselves,” he said.
“I am not referring to him [Isco], I am saying in general because they do not like the result.”
Ultimately, Los Blancos paid for not taking their chances in the first half.
“I think we started well,” Solari added.
“We played well for the first half hour, 35 minutes, but we were not decisive, we did not score, nor were we strong in our area.
“Europe has its level and it punished us.”
There were plenty of changes made by the Argentine and he recognises the chance he took.
“I accept the risks,” he said.
“I think it was necessary to give minutes [to some players].”