Isco Finally Fulfilling Potential At Madrid Thanks To Special Bond With Zidane

It threatened to be something of a season-defining match for Real Madrid with two European superpowers meeting at the Santiago Bernabeu. At the time, Zinedine Zidane was feeling the warmth thanks to a series of poor results and performances then it had been quite the time for the Frenchman to gamble with the choice of Isco to face Paris Saint-Germain.

Until then, the playmaker has been a peripheral figure under Zidane, having to form do with cameo appearances off the bench. His future at the Santiago Bernabeu was questioned speculatively linking him with a move faraway from the Madrid . Indeed, the sight of Isco within the Real Madrid side from the beginning to face PSG within the Champions League was a surprising one, but the 27-year-old took the chance with both hands.

That match might be looked back on as a watershed moment in Isco’s Real Madrid career. He has since become a key figure for Zidane, starting six games since facing PSG in late November. Not goodbye ago, Isco looked to be nearly as good as finished at the Santiago Bernabeu, but he now appears to be a central a part of the club’s plans for the longer term .

“I had no role in Isco’s recovery, I’m just glad about it,” Zidane insisted to the press, somewhat modestly, after an especially impressive display by Isco in Real Madrid’s Spanish Supercopa semi-final convert Valencia. “He has personality and needs to play. He doesn’t recoil from responsibility.”

Zidane has even previously admitted that he sees something of himself in Isco. From almost nothing, a relationship has been forged over the past few months.

It’s certainly true that Isco is twiddling with more of a swagger lately . His versatility has made him invaluable as Real Madrid have addressed injuries to players like Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard. Isco won’t be playing in his favoured position through the center , but he’s still influential enough deployed further wide, either on the left or right.

Isco needs the arrogance to thrive and he now has that coursing through his veins. Until recently, the 27-year-old had struggled to measure up to the billing he arrived with from Malaga all the way back in 2013. Now, his form suggests he might still come good at Real Madrid, pushing the capital club towards only their third La Liga title in 12 years. Redemption has been achieved. Fulfilment is finally accessible .


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