Santi Cazorla double stuns Real Madrid and earns Villarreal precious draw
Jan 04 2019
Real Madrid lost further ground in the LaLiga title race after being held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-threatened Villarreal on Thursday night.
However, the Spain global has now appeared to indicate that he has no plans to leave the club in the new year in a recent interview.
The result now means Real Madrid are seven points adrift of league leaders Barcelona.
Real's record signing Bale had to be substituted at half time after a knock when his side were 2-1 up and Solari later took off playmaker Luka Modric, who had been ill with flu in the build-up to the game.
Madrid had won their last three league matches without conceding but just four minutes had elapsed when Samuel Chukwueze picked out Cazorla, who curled the ball into the bottom-right corner for his first La Liga goal since returning to the club in August.
Karim Benzema brought Santiago Solari's troops back in the game three minutes later with a header at close range following a teasing cross from Lucas Vazquez.
And Villarreal, spurred on by their supporters, showed more intensity and wrestled back control of the play.
First Victor Ruiz headed high and wide from Cazorla's cross, then Alvaro Gonzalez followed suit.
"We had the victory in our hand and wanted to kill the game", Solari said.
When asked if he thought he had a strong enough squad to compete in the Champions League, the Liga Santander and the King's Cup, he replied "everyone can speak about the players they have or don't have or those they don't need".
"Isco has given us a lot of joy and he has to keep doing that".
And they were made to pay by a Villarreal team, who merited at least a point for their superior attacking endeavour and a player who showed he still retained his class. We're going to give it our all like we do every year and come the end, I'm sure we'll achieve great things.