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After wowing fans, Isco now faces biggest challenge yet

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After wowing fans, Isco now faces biggest challenge yet. AFP

After wowing fans, Isco now faces biggest challenge yet

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After a forgettable 2018-2019 season, Isco Alarcón confirmed he's back to his best form with a great display against Valencia. The Malaga-born player, who managed to stand out in a match where other Real Madrid players played their part, proves Zinedine Zidane right. Now he is trying to overcome his biggest challenge: staying in good shape after years marked by irregularity.

Back when Zinedine Zidane was a fresh appointment for Real Madrid, Isco was already a constant staple in the Frenchman's starting eleven. At a good level, the Spaniard is known to be one of Zidane's go-to players, but his irregularity has often harmed him in the past. However, in Zidane's second appoitnment, he knew that Madrid needed to count on Isco to bring the club back on top after a dreadful 2018-2019 campaign. 

Little by little, 'Zizou' has given the Andalusian his drive back. He was even a starter at the Camp Nou, which showed the coach has regained confidence in the player. And rightfully so: Real Madrid played a stunning match against Valencia during the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, But Isco was the definite stand-out. 

The team's midfield was made up of Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Fede Valverde and Isco, who outplayed his teammates and was largely responsible for Madrid achieving its best pass record of the season: 798.

He went from good to brilliant as the minutes passed and in the first half, with a scoreline of 1-0 already thanks to Kroos' goal, Isco was awarded with a goal of his own, and after eight months without scoring, there was no better morale booster. Isco hipnotiza al madridismo y afronta su gran reto

Beyond his undeniable improvement in performance, Isco also took a step forward in the physical aspects. He held out for 90 minutes on the pitch despite the wear and tear, which is not usually the case. In fact, in James' changeover, his natural replacement, the chosen one was Modric.

Now, it is the fans of Madrid who are following the footballer closely. They hope that this high level not a mere miracle, but a sign for better things to come. His personal challenge is to abandon the irregularity that has eclipsed him during the last months.

Meanwhile, Zidane will keep on rooting for him, as he's shown that he can count on him for the most important moments. The final of the Super Cup -before Barça or Atlético-, a perfect moment to remember that the best Isco is back.

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