Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid had to dig deep in this afternoon’s game against Alaves. The hosts were organised, bullish and were up for a fight. In the downpour, Real rolled with the punches to reach the finishing line. Here are our three takeaways.
Isco shines despite missed chances:
For the second game in a row, Isco continued his return to form. The Spaniard showed the same solid work ethic that was on display against PSG, and, once again, it was key today. He covered an impressive amount of ground, helping to circulate the ball and create attack opportunities whilst also not shying away from the scrappy parts of the game.
A stat that stands out from his performance is the fact he put in 3 tackles, the joint highest with Casemiro and Modric, as well as completing a clearance. In a game that was rough and gritty, this all round performance is precisely what Real fans have wanted to see from him.
Perhaps the only knock on him is his lack of end product, he found himself presented with very good opportunities to score and was unable to make the most of them. Whilst his second shot did lead to a tap-in for Carvajal, it’s a shame he wasn’t able to put the ball in the net. Needless to say, two very encouraging performances from Isco.