Real Madrid took Melilla seriously in the first leg of their last 32 round tie and a 0-4 victory at Estadio Alvarez Claro came as a consequence of such approach. We can say Los Blancos closed the tie ahead of the reverse fixture on Thursday afternoon at Santiago Bernabeu. Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola and Cristo Gonzalez were on the scoreline in what was actually Santiago Solari’s debut on Madrid’s bench.
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The new permanent Real Madrid manager is expect to mix up his cards and make a host of rotations in this rematch given the team has already practically secured the R16 qualification. Real have a congested schedule with Champions League and La Liga affairs and there is just no reason for Solari to use his best players here against the third-division side.