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Sizzling Isco looks for chance to lead Madrid to glory

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 18:18

Despite Messi's magic, Barca scrapped past Real Sociedad 3-2 on Saturday bringing the total number of goals they have conceded to seven in the past week alone.

Isco was Real's best player throughout, and provided a grandstand finish when he drilled low into the net in injury time. Isco has said that he wants to stay, but he also wants to play on a regular basis; given his recent form Madrid should give him the assurances he needs and get him to put pen to paper as soon as possible.

Real Madrid came back twice from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-2 at El Molinon stadium, Gijon in La Liga. And Real Madrid, current leaders of the tournament, could well think that a win in Gijon can be had with their third unit, not requiring the level of effort that the average Primera match demands.

Madrid had most of its regular starters available for the loss to Celta in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, when it couldn't come back after conceding two goals on counterattacks in the second half.

Zinedine Zidane heaps praise on Isco after he sealed a brace with a 90th-minute match victor for Real Madrid at Gijon.

Fabio Coentrao and Danilo were handed rare starts in the fullback positions, while forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were rested, with Wales global Gareth Bale out injured. "We didn't control the game like we should have", he added. "It is the difficulty of this job, having to leave very good footballers on the bench, but I have to make decisions".

Only Sergio Ramos and Nacho kept their spots, while there was a first La Liga start of the season at left-back for Fabio Coentrao.

Sporting's joy was short-lived as Isco was allowed a touch too much room inside the area, shuffled away from Carlos Carmona, skipped past Vesga and Fernando Amorebieta, and lashed a shot into the top corner for a similarly high-quality equaliser.

It was Sporting that made the breakthrough in the 14th minute when Cop allowed a wonderful pass from Mikel Vesga to drop straight onto his left foot, and the striker's volley found a route past Kiko Casilla in the Real Madrid goal.

After the match Isco once again told the press that he's happy in Madrid and he wants to stay at the club. It was of course Perez who first brought the Frenchman to the Bernabeu as the most expensive player in history back in the summer of 2001 and there is thought to be a strong working relationship between the pair.

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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.