Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Marcelo: No easy games for Real Madrid after Gijon scare

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and teammates look dejected at the end of their UEFA Champions League match against Juventus at the Juventus stadium in Turin Marcelo: No easy games for Real Madrid after Gijon scare
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 18:16

Real Madrid's Isco, left, fights for the ball with Sporting de Gijon's Vesga during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Sporting de Gijon, at El Molinon stadium in Gijon, northern Spain, Saturday, Apri.

Real Madrid suffered a set back in La Liga last week, conceding a late goal in the Madrid derby to draw 1-1 with Atletico Madrid. "Our fans always give us a plus, especially in games like this one". They had two chances and scored two goals, we created a lot of chances.

The 24-year-old's future is uncertain despite a match winning performance against Sporting Gijon which saw him net a stunning solo effort as well as the vital late victor, as Madrid snuck over the line with a 3-2 win.

The triumph kept Madrid three points clear atop the table heading into Easter as well as a alleviated Marcelo told reporters: "There's not an easy game. It is the difficulty of this job, having to leave very good footballers on the bench, but I have to make decisions".

"I'm anxious about it because I don't like to see players out injured and all the more so during the run-in", said Zidane.

Before that game, both rivals will play the return legs of their Champions League quarterfinals.

Isco's match-winning goal, a stunning 90th minute effort, saw him work an inch of space on the edge of the area before lashing a right-footed effort into the bottom corner, leaving Sporting goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar helpless.

The Madrid based paper added Zidane has earned the "blind trust" of Perez, because of the love the French coach receives from the fans, players and staff. Several fans, after the match, criticised the 2014 World Cup Golden boot victor, and said Isco should be selected more often than him.

The game's opener came from Croatian frontman Duje Cop, before Isco equalised three minutes later with an excellent solo effort.

Los Blancos pushed for a victor in the closing stages and went close in the 84th minute when Sergio Ramos headed wide of the upright. "I want to stay here for a long time".

The Spain international's future has been a source of constant speculation this season and he was recalled to Zinedine Zidane's first XI as one of nine changes from the Champions League win at Bayern Munich in midweek.

Atletico Madrid banked on Yannick Carrasco's double to ease 3-0 past bottom placed Osasuna, but Diego Simeone's side once again showed how bad they have been this season when it comes to scoring penalties.

Deportivo moved away from the drop zone with its first win in five rounds with a 2-0 victory over Malaga.