Last chance seized: Isco on his way to becoming a world star
Munich – Isco was long regarded as the biggest problem child of Real Madrid and Spain. With the help of Zinedine Zidane, he has lost this reputation – and is now on his way to becoming a world star. Giampiero Ventura couldn’t help but notice how his men were presented by the Spaniards according to all the rules of the art, Italy’s national coach applauded Isco in the midst of the FIFA World Cup? s footballing brawl,”I just love the beautiful moments of football. And that was one of them”, said Ventura after the solid 0:3 about the curious scene in the 68th minute. Isco had duped his protégé Marco Verratti with a tunnel. A stroke of genius, but only the cherry on the cream cake, because Real Madrid’s playmaker had already scored two goals for the gallery in the first half,”Isco is incredible, a world-class player. When he tunnelled me, I would have liked to applaud myself,”Verratti said of his opponent’s gala appearance,” unlike the midfielder from Paris Saint-Germain, the fans in Bernabeu regularly enjoy Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez. That’s the name of 25 years old Isco, but in Madrid they call the little magician from Andalusia “Isco Potter”. Especially when this causes the game speed to be lost and the really countable is missing. For example, in February 2016, ex-realist Ivan Helguera made a devastating decision about the highly competitive right foot in February 2016:”He shoots a shocking verdict on the highly competitive right foot,” said Isco, who is too playful to be a fair-weather footballer who fits better into the Tiki-Taka philosophy of FC Barcelona than the Madrilenian’s vertical football. Isco’s coach seemed to think the same way for a long time. 2013, when Malaga signed up for a strong U21 European Championship for 30 million euros, the noble technician in Madrid rarely made his move from the outset, and Spain’s coach Vicente del Bosque eliminated him from the squad for the 2014 World Cup. A serious setback that gnawed at his confidence, but it was bound to get worse: Carlo Ancelotti, the strong man in the royal squad at that time, put James Rodriguez in front of him, the top scorer of the world championship, and the Colombian was indispensable under the Italian, while Isco from the new Andres Iniesta became the problem child of an entire nation. And as a result, they missed another big tournament with the European Championship 2016, and it all came down to a farewell. Manchester City with ball ownership fanatic Pep Guardiola and even arch-rival Barca knocked on him several times. Two teams in which he would have been a regular player, but Isco didn’t look for the fault of his coaches, he tried to find it in himself:”I’m not stupid. If I don’t play under Ancelotti, Benitez and Zidane, it’s my fault,”he gave himself one last chance at Real. And used it with the help of Zidane. The Frenchman changed his system from 4-3-3 to 4-1-2-1-1-2 last season, after Tempodribbler Gareth Bale had injured himself, and Isco was supposed to act as a kind of freethinker in this constellation ahead of the proven Casemiro-Kroos-Modric midfielder and behind the leaders Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. At the same time, the ball artist gave Reals play more control and unpredictability, something that FC Bayern Bayern felt in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. But the Munich team were far from being played on the wall as Juventus Turin did in the final:”With Isco Real is more imaginative, even harder to see through,”said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri, warning his players about the whistle for the start, but after a balanced first half, Real turned up and won 4:1. Isco showed similar feats to the recent Spanish national jersey, but no Italian was going to applaud him that night.