Sizzling Isco looks for chance to lead Madrid to glory

Isco- cropped

According to Marca: 'Whether or not Real Madrid win the Champions League or La Liga in the coming months is now irrelevant in determining the future of coach Zinedine Zidane, who will keep his job regardless'.

Real Madrid take on Barcelona in the El Clasico this weekend, but the war between the clubs has begun way before that.

Isco had met the young girl earlier in the week during a player meet and greet session, during which she had shown her idol how to say a very important message using sign language.

Goal celebrations often carry a personal theme, but Isco's victor against Sporting Gijon prompted something extra special.

The midfield magician's second goal was crucial as it handed Madrid the victory in the 90th minute.

"Isco deserved this", said Marcelo, who went on as a second-half substitute for Madrid.

Madrid leads second-placed Barcelona by three points and has a game in hand on its rival.

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"This is the difficulty of this position, to put good players on the bench from time to time". We didn't have much time to rest, those that have come in have been phenomenal and that is what makes the team great. "We need everyone and everyone responds".

Bale had to be replaced for the final half hour of Madrid's 2-1 win in Munich on Wednesday after aggravating an ankle injury that saw him miss almost three months earlier this season.

Only captain Sergio Ramos and Fernandez Nacho retained their places as James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez, Morata, Marco Asensio and Fabio Coentrao came in for rare starts. "I don't like to see my players injured and even more so in the final straight of the season". Isco avoided three defenders inside a crowded area before lashing a left-footed strike just inside the top corner of the goal frame. Zidane said he wasn't sure if Bale would be ready next week to play Bayern in the return leg of the quarterfinal.

Madrid went behind a second time, before Morata equalised and Isco scored a late victor to keep Los Blancos in the clear.

"I have always made it clear that I want to be here for many years", he is quoted as saying by Marca. "Both the club and I are going to make the right decision".

Madrid meet Bayern on Tuesday after beating the German champions 2-1 at the Allianz Arena in the sides' Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday night.

Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco struck a double as his team kept their hold on third by easily seeing off bottom team Osasuna 3-0 at the Calderon on Saturday afternoon.

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