Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was in no mood to apologise for removing midfielder Isco from his side's 1-1 draw with Villarreal on Sunday.
The Italian manager subbed off the popular Spanish international for more defensive-minded midfielder Asier Illarramendi with 10 minutes remaining and Real in search of a winning goal.
Speaking to the media after the game, the coach stood firm behind his decision.
"A coach makes the changes he believes are best for his team. If the fans don't understand [the...
Real Madrid were held 1-1 at home by Villarreal to remain only two points ahead of rivals Barcelona in the Primera Division.
Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half penalty looked to have set Madrid on their way to victory.
But Villarreal, who impressed for long stretches of the game and whose goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo was outstanding, got their reward with Gerard Moreno's equaliser.
Surprisingly it was Villarreal who started on the front foot and they almost took the lead in the 12th minute.
Luciano Vietto scored twice as Villarreal booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Preserving a 2-1 lead over Salzburg from their first meeting a week ago, the Yellow Submarine won 3-1 in Austria in order to progress.
Vietto's double turned the tie on its head after Marco Djuricin's goal had put Salzburg in front. The hosts were broken after that and Giovani dos Santos wrapped up an impressive win.
After a sterile start, Salzburg burst into life, opening the scoring 18 minutes in.