Real Madrid boss Solari wants Barcelona's Messi to play in Clasico

Virginia Santiago
February 7, 2019

Isco's future at Real Madrid has been the topic of hot debate with the Spain midfielder falling out of favour under boss Santiago Solari.

"If La Liga ended tomorrow or if it was our last game, maybe [I would take a risk]. but if a player has an injury, whether it's Messi or not, I prefer to be careful".

Messi has scored in nine straight games in all competitions, and is the league leading scorer with 21 in 22 matches.

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Last time the two sides met Barca thrashed Los Blancos 5-1 and Julen Lopetegui consequently lost his job.

Real Madrid got off to a ideal start in the game, opening the scoring after just six minutes. Recent performances saw Nelson Semedo get the start, and though he's been good as of late, he was caught too far up the field in this one, allowing Vinicius Junior what felt like miles of room down the left. "The most important thing is the player tells you he is ready". "It's one of the hardest parts of the job for a coach". We have the player we believe is the best in world but they also have great players.

"It was already complicated in January but with this semi-final at a very high level, more league games, more games in the Champions League knock-out stages, we have to walk a fine line".

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At his pre-match press conference, Valverde said of Messi: 'I have not seen him yet and I don't have an answer.

Ousmane Dembele, who had trained separately on Monday, also re-joined his teammates in Tuesday's practice, but he was not included in the squad list for Wednesday's game.

Tonight's showdown promises to be an explosive match as usual as both teams will playing their second El Clasico of the 2018/19 season in the first leg semi finals of the Copa del Rey.

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