Real Madrid stalwart Marcelo has urged Isco to use his time on the sidelines as a learning experience.
Isco, 26, did not even make the substitutes’ bench for the midweek 2-0 win at Roma in the Champions League. This continued a run for the celebrated Spain playmaker of not starting any matches under new permanent head coach Santiago Solari.
“I am not the one to give advice, we are older, we are parents, we know what we have to do,” Marcelo said to Real Madrid TV.
“All the players want to play, but we have to work and that’s what all the players have done.
“I’m not saying Isco hasn’t worked, but football is like that and you have to see what you’re failing at and improve.”
Isco has scored 43 times in 253 appearances for Los Blancos since June 2013’s arrival from Malaga.
Wales superstar Gareth Bale has praised the expansive outlook utilised by teams in the Champions League.
The three-time-successive winners beat Roma 2-0 on Tuesday in a match in which Bale, 29, opened the scoring and played a major role in Lucas Vazquez’s settler.
“It’s a different competition than the league,” the forward said to Real Madrid TV.
“It’s played differently against teams that want to play football. It’s natural, it’s hard to explain.”
Victory saw Madrid seal top spot in Group G, with a game spare. In contrast, they sit sixth in La Liga.
Hola Madridistas. And welcome to Wednesday’s Real Madrid blog.
The Sport360 team will be here throughout the day, bringing you the latest Los Blancos news, views and gossip.
9:00am – Isco pondering Los Blancos exit
Real Madrid midfielder Isco has found himself out of favour under new manager Santiago Solari.
The 26-year-old has not started even once during Solari’s six matches in charge and even failed to make it to the bench for Real’s Champions League win over Roma on Tuesday.
According to latest reports, Isco is pondering a move away from Real Madrid with Manchester City, Chelsea and even Arsenal said to be interested in securing his services. Read more here.
8:30am – ‘Mission accomplished’ for Madrid in Rome
Sergio Ramos labelled it “mission accomplished” after Real Madrid sealed top spot in Champions League Group G.
Goals from Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez earned a 2-0 win at Roma as Real recovered from the embarrassing La Liga reverse at Eibar.
Read all the reactions from Real Madrid’s win including that from coach Santiago Solari here.
8:00am – Crisis averted for Santiago Solari
Real Madrid’s latest crisis was halted by an ultimately comfortable 2-0 Champions League victory at Roma on Wednesday night.
But the outcome could have been very different after Roma enjoyed the better of the first half, with one moment in particular proving decisive.
All that and more in Andy West’s talking points from the clash here.