Real Madrid star Isco is facing a massive fight to prove he deserves regular game time at the Bernabeu this season, but his efforts against Roma last night will have definitely caught the eye.
Isco's performance was a rare bright spot in a fairly uninspiring 1-0 defeat to Roma in the International Champions Cup, which nearly boiled over before kick-off when Seydou Keita refused to shake Pepe's hand and even threw a water bottle as his former El Classico rival.
Tempers were just about kept under wraps for 90 minutes to be completed at the Cotton Bowl, but Isco's delightful nutmeg should live long in the me rather than Francesco Totti's winner in Texas.
The 22-year-old left a Roma defender trailing in his wake with a with a delightful stop and go deep in his own half, a nutmeg of epic proportions that adds to the Spanish starlet's reputation as one of the most technically gifted young footballers in Europe.
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Time to shine
With marquee summer signings James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos yet to join up with their new team-mates the pressure is on Isco to make a strong impression early in pre-season, but regardless commanding a regular spot in Carlo Ancelotti's starting XI this season looks a tall order indeed.
Madrid's busy summer of transfer activity has intensified speculation that Isco could look for a move elsewhere, with both Liverpool and Manchester City believed to be monitoring his situation closely.
Isco's latest showboat will have done that stance no harm whatsoever, with the young playmaker's situation well worth keeping a close check on over the next six months.
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