Solari defends Real Madrid heavy defeat against CSKA Moscow

Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 13/12/2018

Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari has defended the team woeful performance against CSKA Moscow after the 3-0 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening.

He admits that Real Madrid failed to press with the ball and was not forceful in the opponent's area throughout the game.

"We were not forceful in the rival area, nor ours," Solari said when asked about the overall match.

"They were [forceful] and this turned the game.

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"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], he accepts the responsibility of the poor outing.