Real Madrid 'planning Jose Mourinho return with new assistant manager choice'

Silvia Morton
December 7, 2018

Real Madrid coach Santi Solari was guarded in his praise for Isco after the Spain worldwide marked a rare start with two goals in his team's 6-1 stroll past third tier Melilla in the Copa del Rey at the Bernabeu on Thursday afternoon.

Despite Los Blancos' 4-0 away victory in the first leg of round of 32 Copa del Rey against Melilla, the Argentine coach stressed that his club must not underestimate the upcoming opponent.

The two sides meet again at the Bernabeu Stadium on Thursday and Solari has since been appointed as Julen Lopetegui's permanent replacement.

After the interval, Isco joined Asensio in hitting a double - netting either side of Vinicius Junior getting in on the act, with Isco's first a sublime strike from 25 yards that drew warm applause from Solari.

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The game, as well as the tie, was effectively over six minutes before the break when Asensio turned provider to allow Sanchez to help himself to a third, and Melilla's hopes of keeping matters respectable were deal a further blow within two minutes of the restart when skipper Isco blasted home from distance. The players told me the goal would come, I've worked very hard, taking gradually. "So, we are very happy for him".

"We have been solid and good in attack". "Melilla are top of their Segunda B group, that is a tough competition". Javi Sánchez and Vinicius Jr. got the goals for the madridistas as Fran García and Fidalgo both took the chance to make their first-team debuts.

Mourinho has been linked with a return to the Bernabeu amid uncertainty over his future at Old Trafford, with Manchester United languishing eighth in the Premier League table and already 18 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, resume their league campaign this weekend against Huesca before facing CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

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