Isco believes that Real Madrid’s good start to the season proves they can do without Cristiano Ronaldo.
Following the Portuguese’ move to Juventus over the summer, Julen Lopetegui’s side have begun their La Liga with three consecutive victories, scoring 10 goals in the process.
“Cris is an extraordinary player,” he told reporters. “He guaranteed you 40 to 50 goals. But if we win, they’ll say we don’t miss him and if we don’t win, they’ll say we do.
“We’re playing very well now; players who didn’t score as many goals last year are now filling their boots. We don’t miss him at the moment. I wish him all the best at Juve.”
Real Madrid bolstered their striking options when they re-signed Mariano Diaz from Lyon last month.
It looks as if the 25-year-old is already in tune with his team-mates.
The video below shows him finish off a good team goal during training.
Marcelo dribbles forward with the ball and plays in Karim Benzema who squares it for Lucas Vazquez. The Spaniard then lays it off for Mariano to apply the finishing touch.
Julen Lopetegui says Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, and the rest of Real Madrid‘s players are “training like little kids” as they look to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo‘s summer departure to Juventus.
Bale has scored in all three of Madrid’s games this season, while Benzema has scored braces in the last two.
“I haven’t changed anybody,” Lopetegui said when asked how the players have stepped up in Ronaldo’s absence. “They were, are and will continue to be excellent players. Their desire to work has been fantastic and they’re training like little kids.”
“We are a great team,” he added. “Without any doubt whatsoever.”