Real Madrid training video might explain why Santiago Solari hasn't been playing Isco


What is happening with Isco at Real Madrid this season?

The Spaniard has been repeatedly left out of the side by new boss Santiago Solari, despite Los Blancos struggling domestically.

At the end of last month, Isco was dropped from the squad entirely for Real’s Champions League clash with Roma with Solari claiming it was a tactical decision.

"Dropping Isco was a specific decision for a specific moment," Solari said, per Goal.

"Coaches are in place to make decisions and that's it, I am here to make decisions.

"Sometimes we make the right ones, sometimes we don't but it's easy to say that after the game.”

A report from Marca after the match suggested that Isco’s behaviour after Madrid’s 3-0 loss to Eibar was the reason behind Solari’s decision.


They claimed that the manager attempted to shake Isco’s hand in the dressing room but the midfielder refused and walked straight past.

The report also mentioned about Isco’s lack of effort in training.

Interestingly, Spanish outlet AS released a video showing Isco taking part in a rondo.

The headline of the articles states: “Is it this lack of intensity from Isco in the rondos that makes Solari not play him?”


And the video shows Isco walking around while trying to get the ball off his teammates, while he often gives the ball away himself.


Take a look:

Of course, rondo's are often used as a little warm-up by coaches and the intensity isn’t expected to be full-throttle.

But surely if you’re trying to impress your manager, you should be putting in a bit more effort than Isco is showing in the clip.

It may well explain why Isco isn’t being picked by Solari.


Last month, Marcelo also hinted that Isco was being left out due to his lack of work ethic.

"Every player wants to play, but you have to work hard. I'm not anyone to give advice, we're old enough, parents, and we all know what we have to do,” Marcelo said.

"It's happened to all players. You have to work. I am not saying Isco doesn't, but this is football. Look at where you are falling short and improve."

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