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Isco demanding key role in Zinedine Zidane’s team
- Updated: March 29, 2018
Real Madrid attacking midfielder Francisco “Isco” Alarcon was one of the club’s players that impressed for their national teams in the course of the international break as he bagged a hat-trick for Spain. This performance, although coming in an international friendly game has not stopped Isco from stating that he wants to play more of a key role in Zinedine Zidane’s team.
Isco reportedly wants to be among Zidane’s untouchable group believed to comprise the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Luka Modric. He revealed that Spain’s coach Julen Lopetegui gives him life.
”When a footballer doesn’t feel like he has a leading role and consistent playing time with his club, the national team gives him life,” Isco said after contributing his goals in Spain’s rout of Argentina.
”I have the confidence of my coach here (with Spain). I still have the desire to keep working, to improve, to be a starter with my club and with the national side.”
Zidane will be the one to decide, and a minor pointer will be on if Isco finds his way into his chosen starting 11 as Madrid visits Las Palmas on Saturday, barring any fitness concerns. However, considering how this season has panned out, and on how Madrid are effectively out of the La Liga race, barring a mysterious run of poor form for those above them, a major pointer on if Zidane considers Isco as one of his untouchables will be when they face Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals, as that’s a significant game.
Meanwhile, analysts believe that Zidane’s successes at Real Madrid since he assumed the managerial helm has been down to him sticking with a core group of players who always start when available, and the Frenchman has stood by those players despite Madrid’s domestic struggles this term. A typical example of the lot is Karim Benzema, who one way or the other, always finds himself in the starting line up despite his average scoring form this season.
Accordingly, there is also another set of players that the manager calls on, with regards to the quality of the opponent, as well as individual form. Isco definitely belongs to this group despite awing numerous football fans with his creative abilities in the opponent’s final third. However, it can be recalled that Isco was also not a regular under previous managers like Ancelotti and Benitez.
With reports linking him with a move to Manchester City, as well as his latest comments, which stated that the level of Zidane’s confidence in him could be translated from the minutes he gives him on the pitch, we wait to see how this development pans out.