Dumped and disciplined, accused of being overweight, unprofessional and of letting the team down, ostracised since October. On the day Zinedine Zidane returned Isco returned with him and scored the goal that set Real Madrid on course for a first home victory in five. Not given a single start by Santiago Solari, there was something symbolic in him getting the breakthrough here and also in Gareth Bale finishing it off, a man assumed to be on his way perhaps offered a new start.
It is early to say that, or to draw conclusions about this team with 11 games remaining in a season that is in effect over. The suspicion is that it will serve as a trial, although Zidane denied that he would be watching players with a view to their inclusion next season, insisting: “This isn’t [picking a team in] the playground”. There are changes to come, he insisted, but there was respect in his lineup – “what these players did will never be taken away”, he said – and a hint that the future could yet look a little like the past. The starting XI alone was striking, maybe more so than what followed.
Source: Football News
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