Solari: Bale focused on Barcelona’s clash

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 19: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates scoring their second goal during the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match between Kashima Antlers and Real Madrid at Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 19, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Santiago Solari has dismissed concerns about Gareth Bale’s angry celebration in Real Madrid’s win over Levante on Sunday suggesting his sole focus is the El Clasico tie.

Bale netted the winning goal from the penalty spot but pushed aside his teammates in the course of the celebration raising concerns about the unity in the team.

However, Solari disclosed everything has been resolved behind closed doors ahead of their Copa del Rey clash against Barca on Wednesday night.

“Our focus is only on the game and we’ve already talked about Gareth. It is a beautiful game and we want to enjoy it,” Solari disclosed via Marca: “We have had to overcome a lot to get here and after our work in the first leg, our focus is only on this game, as it is with Gareth and all of the players.

“I see in Gareth and the other players that they are 100 percent ready for this game and we want to get out of the game with a chance at three competitions.

“It is a game for everyone to enjoy. It puts Spain on the map as the world capital of football.”

Solari also refused to reveal whether Bale and Marcelo would be handed starting berths for the game and was not amused with suggestions that Lionel Messi is a player who scares them.

NYON, SWITZERLAND - APRIL 23: #11 Carles Perez of FC Barcelona with medal during the UEFA Youth League Final match between Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona at Colovray Sports Centre on April 23, 2018 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Monika Majer/Getty Images)

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The 21-year-old felt like a dream in today's match between the Blaugrana and Eibar and he says he will never forget this date.

“Fear is a word that does not exist in football for those who compete like we do every single day,” Solari added.

“We put heart and physicality into everything we do and always go out to fight and the perspective of the players is to enjoy it.”

With the tie all square(1-1) in the first leg, both teams will go for the jugular at the Santiago Bernabeu for a place in the final.

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