Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari hasn’t taken well to Pep Guardiola’s claim that they have not been one of the best three teams in the past decade.
The Catalan coach spoke out early this week over his aims to establish Manchester City among Europe’s elite and announced that the best three teams of the last 10 years have been Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
These comments appear to have stirred up Solari, who believes the former Barcelona boss deliberately left Real Madrid out of his selection.
The Argentine then added that Los Blancos are clearly superior to Guardiola’s chosen three teams having won the Champions League for the last three seasons.
“It is a deliberate omission, isn’t it? Anyway, I won’t be drawn into a fight for one decade,” said Solari, according to FourFourTwo.
“Real Madrid are the best team of the last century and therefore the best team in history. Having said that, this is also the best team of the last decade.
“This is so precisely because we never underestimate anybody in any circumstances.”
Alvaro Morata’s somewhat controversial move to city rivals Atletico Madrid has caused some supporters to be upset given his past ties at Real.
The Spanish striker came through the youth teams at Los Blancos and won two Champions Leagues along with another La Liga titles before leaving for Chelsea in 2017.
Now Morata has returned to the club where he first started out his professional career.
“The duty of the football player, whichever club they play for, is to be a professional and give their best, to be absolutely committed and absolutely professional,” said Solari.
“Afterwards, it might happen that you fall in love with the club you are playing for. This is what it happened to me with Real Madrid.”