Isco's actions towards Santiago Solari after Eibar defeat saw him dropped against Roma

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Real Madrid returned to winning ways on Tuesday night with an impressive 2-0 win away to AS Roma in the Champions League.

Goals from Gareth Bale and Lucas meant Los Blancos sealed their fourth win out of five games and opened up a three-point gap at the top of Group G.

However, arguably the biggest talking point from the game wasn't Real's win, but Isco being dropped before the game by manager Santiago Solari.

Isco wasn't even included on the bench to face Roma and had to ask a club official if he was allowed to enter the dressing room.

There's since been a lot of speculation about why Solari omitted Isco, who has only played 78 minutes since the Argentine took over as interim manager on October 29.

Toni Kroos and Marcelo were both asked after the game for their views on Isco not featuring and gave rather contrasting answers.

Kroos played it safe by saying it was the manager's decision and that he can't change that, while Marcelo called on Isco to work hard to improve.

"It's a decision by the coach who has his reasons, I can't change things," Kroos said to Jan Aage Fjortoft. "We all know the type of player Isco is. He has had great matches for this team."


And Marcelo told Real Madrid TV: "Every player wants to play, but you have to work hard. I'm not anyone to give advice, we're old enough, parents, and we all know what we have to do.

"It's happened to all players. You have to work. I am not saying Isco doesn't, but this is football. Look at where you are falling short and improve."

Isco's future in Madrid is now in doubt and it's no wonder after Marca revealed the reason(s) for Solari dropping the Spanish midfielder against Roma.

Following last weekend's 3-0 defeat to Eibar, Solari reportedly went to shake Isco's hand in the dressing room but he refused and walked straight past.


Solari sent on Isco in the 63rd minute, at which point Real were already 3-0 down, so presumably Isco was angry at only getting 23 minutes of action.

It's also claimed that Isco has been slacking in training recently, so combined with snubbing Solari after the Eibar game he can have no complaints about being dropped against Roma.

By the sounds of it the 26-year-old needs to sort out his attitude.

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