Marcelino: ‘We were disrespected’

Villarreal boss Marcelino has responded to critics of the team he fielded in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the weekend.

The 49-year-old Coach made seven changes from the Yellow Submarine side that beat Red Bull Salzburg 3-1 in the second leg of their Europa League tie last Thursday, with Jose Antonio Dorado, Sergio Marcos, Moi Gomez, Giovani dos Santos, Gerard Moreno and January arrivals Eric Bailly and Joel Campbell all coming into the starting line-up.

The rotations were ostensibly made with an eye on this week’s Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash with Barcelona, but Marcelino feels his team’s less regular players have been disrespected.

“It makes me angry when our professionalism or the decisions we make are called to account,” he told Canal Plus.

“The players who went out onto the pitch and had already proven their ability were not shown any respect.”

Marcelino also commented that he was not surprised Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti substituted Isco for Asier Illarramendi 12 minutes from time.

“If he hadn’t done that we’d have probably gone on and won the game,” he remarked.

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