Real Madrid: 3 takeaways from 2-2 draw with PSG

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Isco is back:

Paris Saint-Germain’s French defender Presnel Kimpembe (L) and Paris Saint-Germain’s Spanish defender Juan Bernat (L) challenge Real Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Isco during the UEFA Champions League group A football match Real Madrid against Paris Saint-Germain FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 26, 2019. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

The last time Isco played a Champions League game for Real Madrid was nearly one year ago, when Real lost to CSKA at home. Tonight, the Spaniard reminded the world how good he can be. Like Valverde, the former Malaga man covered a lot of ground as he connected the dots in midfield.

Alongside his impressive ball retention, Isco also pressed incredibly well. Hounding the PSG players consistently throughout his time on the pitch, he also proved to be dangerous on the offensive, hitting a shot off the post which fell for Benzema to score.

The inclusion of Isco was a clever move by Zidane. It allowed for Real to disrupt the PSG midfield which caused Los Blancos so much trouble in Paris. The spacing that Isco created also helped with silencing the influence of Gueye and Verratti. A strong performance like that will go a long way for Isco, who has struggled to establish himself in recent times. His renaissance could prove vital for Zidane in the coming weeks.

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