'Not a path of roses' - Solari after heaviest European home defeat

The Champions League holder crashed to a 3-0 loss to the Russians at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“We don't like this result, we wanted to finish with a victory," Solari said.   -  reuters

Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari said that his team's efforts to rediscover its best form would not be a “path of roses”, after the club's heaviest-ever European home defeat against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

The Champions League holder crashed to a 3-0 loss to the Russians at the Santiago Bernabeu, although it had already qualified as Group G winner before kick-off.

“I played a team with a lot of young players,” said Solari, who made seven changes to the starting XI which beat Huesca 1-0 in La Liga at the weekend.

“The match was used to give many players time who needed it, some because they started and others because they returned from injury, and to give rest to others to try and stay alive in all competitions.”

Real has struggled for much of this campaign after seeing coach Zinedine Zidane and star player Cristiano Ronaldo leave in the close-season, with Julen Lopetegui sacked as boss in October.

But a revival has started under Solari, with four wins in five games closing the gap to La Liga leader Barcelona to five points.

“I know it's not a path of roses, and besides, every rose has its thorns,” Solari said. “We don't like this result, we wanted to finish with a victory.”

Real will now turn its attentions to Saturday's league match at home against Rayo Vallecano.

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