Santiago Solari did something extraordinary this 2nd of January. Asked about the start of the new year by his intention to redirect Isco Alarcón At his maximum level, the coach of Madrid opted to praise the footballer without avoiding the praise with circumlocutions about the value of the community in front of the individual. "Everyone has to be involved, committed, working with enthusiasm and joy," he began. "They are all fundamental because we have three competitions that we want to win. Isco, of course, is a great footballer. He has given us many joys and he has to keep giving them to us ".
Isco has no market to go out in winter, nor has Madrid considered selling it in the January window, despite growing rumors about its possible departure from the club due to the marginalization of the sport to which it has been subjected by Solari.
The eve of facing Villarreal in the old stadium of El Madrigal, this Thursday (9.30 pm), the coach said that not only Isco is more cheerful these days. Club World Cup conquered in Abu Dhabi, he recalled, works as a stimulant.
"I have seen everyone happy for a long time," said Solari. "In addition, evidently closing 2018 with a title has been important for all of them as a symbolic value, for completing a cycle of victories that they opened a long time ago. Now we must face the year with the humility necessary to compete in competitions. For that we must all be very involved throughout the semester.
Madrid will travel to Villarreal with the entire team except for Mariano, Llorente and Asensio, the three losses due to injury.