After winning the first leg 4-0 in what feels like an eternity ago, Real Madrid are now in the act of welling and truly seeing off Melilla in the second instalment of their Copa Del Rey round of 32 tie.
He returned to the first XI for the formality of Thursday's second-leg tie against third-tier opponents, with Madrid already holding a 4-0 first-leg advantage.
The Spain playmaker has been confined to bench duty since Solari replaced Julen Lopetegui in the hotseat and was dropped from Madrid's matchday squad for last week's 2-0 Champions League victory at Roma.
"All players in the squad, plus the guys from the Castilla squad who can play are working with intensity, enthusiasm and they're excited", Solari told a press conference.
"It shows us that there are many players who are in good form, very committed, and have played a solid game with joy in attack", he said. "I think that in a style of play like City's he could do very well".
It remains to be seen if Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric will be rested, but Solari was full of praise for the Croatia midfielder.
Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola and Cristo were all on target for Real in the first leg, while Melilla have since won all five of their league games and hold a five-point lead at the top of their Segunda B group. "He deserved this prize after a marvellous year with Madrid and the Croatian nation team". My goal was a long time in coming but I'm pleased and a bit more relaxed having scored. "So, we are very happy for him".
One thing that's clear is that Real Madrid will not let Isco leave on loan during the January transfer window, while telling the player that he needs to find a club willing to fork out €700 million if he wants out of Santiago Bernabeu.