Sports Burst - Can Real Madrid Ease Crisis in Copa?

Actually, the job will be to win fairly comfortably and with a bit of a swagger, which is something Madrid has not really been able to deliver since the start of the season under the early days of the dear departed Julen Lopetegui.

On a really basic, as simple-as-it-gets tactical level, the reigning Champions League winners and Club World Cup holders are considerably better than the visiting side from the south of Madrid.

That's even with the absentees from the match-day squad announced on Wednesday which includes Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Toni Kroos, Marcelo, Thibaut Courtois and Raphael Varane, either through injury or being rested.

To balance those absentees from the proceedings, one inclusion in Solari's selection is Brahim Diaz, who is already earning his corn after Monday's arrival from Manchester City.

However, according to Spanish radio station COPE, Solari will remain in charge until the summer - although an awful lot will depend on the next month with challenges in La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League.

Bayern Munich have been busy bees in the transfer market on Wednesday by striking a deal in the traditional manner of FC Hollywood - simply scoop up the best talent elsewhere in the Bundesliga.

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