It’s beginning to feel like a changing of the guard is underway at Real Madrid.
Although it’s still very early into the 2017-18 season, Zinedine Zidane’s side already look less reliant on the ‘BBC’, with the likes of Isco and Marco Asensio taking more responsibility in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence.
In fact, when Ronaldo returns from suspension, Zidane faces the unenviable task of fitting them all into the starting line-up.
Isco and Asensio are simply undroppable at the moment, so it looks like either Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema, who wasted so many gilt-edged goalscoring chances against Valencia before the international break, will make way.
Having so many talented attacking players to choose from is a nice problem for Zidane to have.
Isco has been magnificent lately
After watching Isco over the past few weeks, it’s clear to see why Madrid decided to offload James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan.
The 25-year-old Spaniard was outstanding for Los Blancos during the closing weeks of last season, helping the club win both the Champions League and La Liga in the process, and has continued his eye-catching form into the current campaign.
Isco produced another spellbinding performance at the Bernabeu over the weekend, although not for Madrid.
The technically gifted playmaker scored two excellent goals in Spain’s 3-0 win against Italy and left the pitch in the 89th minute to a standing ovation.
Chants of “Isco! Isco!” rang around all four corners of the ground. He’s fast becoming a hero for both club and country.
He's come a long way in one year
It’s all a far cry from this time last year, when Isco’s future at Real Madrid was far from certain.
"In the end, if I'm not the star man with Ancelotti, Benitez or Zidane, I will not be foolish to look for problems where there are none. In the end,” Isco said in an interview with Marca, while discussing his lack of starts under Zidane. “I’m responsible and that's where I must improve."
And it’s that attitude which has allowed him to reach the top.
He destroyed Verratti at the weekend
A video of Isco’s performance against Italy went viral over social media over the weekend.
He destroyed Marco Verratti, who said after the match: "I suffered a lot against Isco. I was taken aback by his performance.
"Not even [Lionel] Messi has come close to that level.
"When I saw his nutmeg, I felt like standing up and applauding too."
Video of Isco humiliating world class players
However, Verratti isn’t the only great player who has been made to look foolish by Isco, as this brilliant new video shows.
The likes of Neymar, Dani Alves, Andres Iniesta and many others all feature - and you can watch it here…
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