Isco played against Atlético Madrid maybe his best match so far with Real Madrid’s t-shirt. Zidane decided a new formation where Isco had to play just behind the striker, Cristiano. The Andalusian player was undoubtedly the great beneficiary of the new Zidane’s formation. The French manager decided to play 4-2-3-1 instead 4-3-3- as they usually do, but with this change Zidane surprised Simeone and allowed Isco play more freely and very close to the opposite box.
At Vicente Calderon we saw Isco’s best version responding to Zidane’s confidence and leading Real Madrid. Especially in the first half where he was amazing, with intensity and stealing many balls in the midfield. Isco said just after the match: “I do not know if it is one of my best matches in Madrid, you must judge it, but it is one of the game that I found more comfortable”, Isco said after finishing the match.
Isco played in a new position in Zidane’s stage and despite Cristiano scored a hat trick, the Andalusian midfielder was the MVP of the match. He did almost everything good, passing, defending, stealing and he arrived to Oblak’s box several times.
We can say that Isco defended and attacked during all the game. He was in a position that gave him freedom of movements and he was maybe the player that most damaged Atlético Madrid. He also stole seven balls throughout the match. He played a very complete match in a very difficult stadium. After this game, Zidane has a very big “problem”. When Casemiro and Kroos return we don’t know who is going to go to the bench because with these performances it’s not easy let a player as Isco out of the starting 11. Isco also knows that is very difficult to play in the usual line up and that he must play 100% if he want to be in the future line ups:” In Real Madrid there’s many of good players, but there are a lot of games and I hope to have continuity” Isco said.