After being substitute for the second consecutive game.

2018 Sep 16

For the second consecutive game, Isco was a substitute. After being part of the starting eleven in the European Super Cup against Atlético and in the first two days of the League, against Getafe and Girona, the Malaga seems to have lost some relevance within the plans of Julen Lopetegui, who did not include him among the eleven chosen to receive the Leganés in the Bernabéu and not in San Mamés to face Athletic. Despite the absence of Casemiro, who rotated after having made a long trip and played two games in the selection process, the white coach chose Ceballos ahead of the Malaga to accompany in the midfield Kroos and Modric.But Isco rebels, will not assume a fall to the bench without fighting, as demonstrated in the new Cathedral. He entered the field in the 60th minute, instead of Modric, and at three minutes he was already noticed in the clash with the equalizer, with a header in the small area by Bale. In the half hour that he had, he paused the white team and his entry coincided with the best minutes of Madrid: he made 19 passes, 16 of them good, and he was the object of two fouls. His effectiveness in the auction was total: a shot, a shot on goal, a goal. This is his debut scoring this course, which until now had only given an assistance (in Girona, Bale).As he has done before, Isco preferred to throw himself into self-criticism when asked about his second consecutive substitution: "The competition is incredible and the season is very long. We need all the players ready for when the alarm goes off, as the coach tells us. The fact that with Lopetegui this was going to be Isco and ten more is something that has been said in the Press, but there are other colleagues in the team who also work and perhaps are better than me at this moment ... ". One of those colleagues, in this case, would be Ceballos, who overtook him in Lopetegui's plans in Bilbao. The Sevillian came to make a great match with the national team against Croatia, although it is true that Isco also participated very positively in the 6-0 to the runner-up of the world: he made a goal and could score one more.In the past, with Zidane on the white bench, Isco already noted that in Lopetegui, then national coach, he found a confidence that the French did not give him completely. "The games with the National Team give me life, here I have the confidence of the coach. In Madrid maybe I have not won ... ", said after scoring three of the six goals that Spain endorsed Argentina in the month of March, before the World Cup. Hence, it was seen as one of the foreseeable basic pieces of the Basque coach in his time at the helm of Madrid. Although Lopetegui denies that his way of thinking about the Andalusian has changed: "I do not see him below his level, I have full confidence in him, I am not going to discover now what I think about him, nothing has changed, just the opposite" .It can be, and probably is, a thoughtful rotation in the face of what is ahead: the Champions. This Wednesday sees Roma arrive at the Bernabéu, which will be the highest level match that will be seen in the group stage of the European Cup in the white fiefdom. Isco himself already anticipated it after the draw of San Mamés: "Now to think about the Champions, which is our competition". It will be necessary to see what Lopetegui has thought for that encounter, at a general level and, in particular, for Isco.