Isco’s role as Real’s attacking midfielder in a diamond was especially critical on Wednesday, because the club wasn’t playing with a true wide player on the left. Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal were pushing up the pitch frequently to try and set up Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema at forward, but, as you’d expect, Isco was the one creating Los Blancos’ best chances.
After receiving some stick for a surprisingly poor performance against Valencia, Isco shined in El Clasico with his footwork. He made a couple of tricky backheel passes, including one nutmeg that led to an early shot on target for Benzema.
According to WhoScored.com, the talented Spain international recorded two key key passes and completed 88% of his total passes against Barcelona. Isco also completed three dribbles and drew two fouls to show off his effective dribbling ability.
CM Fede Valverde
Fede Valverde has come of age this season for Real Madrid, and he continues to be in the discussion as one of the powerhouse club’s most valuable players in 2019-2020. It’s often hard to believe that Valverde is just 21, especially since he comes up big in so many crucial games.
The Uruguayan didn’t look bigger than the moment at all in El Clasico, and he outclassed much bigger names on Barca in this one. Valverde’s dominance on defense was crucial in another clean sheet, and he nearly scored from outside the box, too. His ball recoveries when pressing are always beneficial in helping Los Blancos create sudden attacking opportunities.