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Isco grabbing chances to prove himself to Zidane, receives plaudits
- Updated: April 16, 2018
Real Madrid midfielder and Spanish international Francisco Alarcon a.k.a Isco appears to be putting his money where his mouth is with regards to his claims that he would be a perfect fit in Zinedine Zidane’s side if given the appropriate chance to prove himself to the French manager and the club faithful. The Spaniard was top notch in the recently concluded international break but raised alarms over the level of belief the Madrid manager had in him, buttressing his point with the number of minutes he had spent on the pitch for Real Madrid FC under Zidane this season.
Concerns were raised over the player’s remarks on the treatment he was receiving from Zidane, as he went further to insist that playing for the Spanish national team offered him more confidence and continuity than what he was getting in a Los Blancos jersey under Zidane.
However, Isco seems to have found his place in Zidane’s setup, and this is coming shortly after he asked that he be placed in the same pedestal like some of Zidane’s supposed untouchables in the Real Madrid side. His low impact for the Real Madrid side came under scrutiny after his hat-trick for Spain in the course of the international break. There were fears expressed by some quarters on the player’s commitment level for Los Blancos, and this came at a time where speculations were rife that he was a prime target of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Since then, Isco has started operating like a fish that just found water in the Real Madrid setup, with those fears being dispelled considering his performances for the club in the UEFA Champions League against Juventus, amid other decent domestic performances, and most recently his significant impact in Sunday’s game away to relegation-threatened Malaga in the Spanish La Liga.
Isco has been handed three starts in the last four UCL and domestic fixtures for Real Madrid FC, where he has stepped up to produce commanding displays that have seen his side emerge victoriously, and this has been largely due to his versatility in midfield positions even in the absence of midfield powerhouse Luka Modric.
Isco showed that on Sunday against Malaga in the absence of Ronaldo and Luka Modric. Zidane has stuck with the Spaniard since his impressive hat-trick for Spain against Argentina, and it has paid off significantly, whilst also casting doubts on the claims that there are untouchables in Zidane’s teams. The absence of Benzema in some key games since then, despite him being fit is a perfect example, although his performance against Malaga helped no matters either. Isco, on the other hand, received plaudits from Zidane for his performance on Sunday where he scored the opener against his former club and provided an assist for the second.
“I’m happy with how he played and with his goal. He had a great match and I’m happy for him and the team. He deserves [the praise]. He was important for Malaga and he was today for Madrid,” Zidane told reporters.