It seems that not a day goes by without Isco being linked with a move away from Real Madrid.
The Spanish midfielder has struggled for game time at the Santiago Bernabeu recently and Tottenham in particular appear to be interested in his services.
Nevertheless, Zinedine Zidane has handed Isco a rare start this weekend at Real Betis and he appears to have taken it with both hands. After all, the 24-year-old provided the finishing touch in a simply mercurial team goal for Los Blancos.
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Real Madrid have proven a mixed bag so far this season. Remaining undefeated after seven games is no small feat, but three draws has left them lingering in fourth place.
However, Los Blancos appeared to be back to their best against Betis in what proved an astonishingly rampant first half. It’s fair to say Gus Poyet won’t have been best pleased with what he witnessed.
Raphael Varane opened the flood gates with a header in the first five minutes before Karim Benzema doubled Real’s lead.
In the 39th minute, Los Blancos bagged a third as Marcelo was rewarded for meandering forward. The Brazilian scuffed his volley, but found the net regardless in front of a disconsolate crowd.
The icing on the cake came via Isco though as his first half stoppage time strike saw Real command an improbable 4-0 lead.
Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the ball on the left flank before executing a superb low cross into the Betis penalty area. Evading Antonio Adan, Pepe arrived at the back post and squared the ball to Isco who was left with an open goal.
The 24-year-old simply couldn’t miss and his first goal of the season put the game to bed.
However, it was the build-up play that saw it prove such a fantastic strike. The swift passing and remarkable composure in the final third was simply mesmerising and uncannily reminiscent of Barcelona.
The passing masterclass can be seen below:
Since that strike, Betis have restored some pride with Alvaro Cejudo finding the net. Nevertheless, it will prove the smallest of blots on an otherwise immaculate Real copybook this weekend.
After all, Isco has added a second to his record from a fantastic Ronaldo assist. His brace securing strike can also be seen here:
As for Isco though, it’s hard to see this strike salvaging his Los Blancos career. That being said, it would prove a fantastic note on which to wrap up his goal scoring for the European champions.
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