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Zidane Explains Why Isco Was Not Used Against Barca

Zidane Explains Why Isco Was Not Used Against Barca

By SL International - Dec 24, 2017 12:00 PM

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has explained why Isco was left on the bench in their 3-0 loss to bitter rivals FC Barcelona on Saturday afternoon.

Read: Messi & Suarez Fire Barca 14 Points Clear Of Real After Clasico Win

Los Blancos fell 14 points behind the Catalan giants following the disappointing loss at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Zidane shocked the public by omitting Isco from the starting line up, with Mateo Kovavic starting in the Spaniard's place while Gareth Bale also started on the bench.

"I have to make decisions. The idea was to keep an eye on Messi, and Mateo did well. We made a decision and that's it," Zidane was quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.

"I'm making decisions as a coach. The decision was Kovacic on the pitch and Isco on the bench at the start. Then, because of how the match went, I was not able to use Isco.

"I had to use Nacho [Fernandez] because of the red card and had to changes left with one player less. That changes the game.

"I'm the coach and it's always going to be like that while I'm here.

"I will not regret anything. If you score in the first half the match is different. I know I will take the criticism, but that's football, and it will not change how I think.

"I make these decisions and I accept what happens."

Having seen the gap to the summit increase as Madrid's defence of their LaLiga crown was dealt a severe blow, Zidane issued a rallying call to his players.

"People might think the league is over, but I do not and neither does [Ernesto Valverde]," he said.

"We will keep doing our work because it has not been a bad year."

Soccer Laduma’s Rossella Ricco-Marrai is attending this year’s El Clasico thanks to La Liga’s offices in Johannesburg. Follow her daily dairy in Fan Park and our social channels.


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Dec 25, 2017 03:08 PM
But at the end Messi scored in the match.
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timelessmessi Joined: 10 Dec 2017
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timelessmessi Dec 25, 2017 11:44 AM
@tshoshandros you are hurting my friend we understand just like Ramos you needed that win to close the gap now you coming with surrending topic,At least it's setisfying to take a trophy directly from real.while you buzzy reflecting and googling about your passed glory we enjoy the president life goes on tiki taka pep ronaldinho xavi and many more are part of our history but not for our present time at Barcelona we don't leave in the past we progesive eliens
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tshoshandros Joined: 15 Nov 2014
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tshoshandros Dec 25, 2017 10:47 AM
Fact-AC Milan is second best 7 after Real Madrid#12 the rest are on same group #4 champions League
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tshoshandros Dec 25, 2017 10:43 AM
Some people thinks Barcelona is the best team of alltime,I totally disagree.1)we considered the best in terms of trophies u have,not just trophies bt League and Champions League,For me Barca is just ordinary team like Chelsea,Juventus,Bayern.
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Mavulela Dec 25, 2017 10:42 AM
Let us blame Penaldo on this one, he lied to Zidane by saying he is a complete and best player in the world. Zizo thought Penaldo will complete the job.
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Gabriel innocent mugabe Joined: 15 Nov 2017
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Gabriel innocent mugabe Dec 25, 2017 08:45 AM
zidane is making xcuses lyk a cheating wife,they tryd by all means to convince u to take it lighly so zidane spoiled madrid fans
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Gabriel innocent mugabe Dec 25, 2017 08:11 AM
@BucsEternally leswi zidane a swivuleke i "ndanyula" or xitlakula nenge or xambela or ku vhika hi ribyasi(I lyk to wish all Zimbabwean happy xmas as we knw every1 4rm zim is a pastor or christian,no xcuse 4 mugabe if ur stl here pls go.
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BucsEternally Dec 25, 2017 06:50 AM
'I Thought Ronaldo Was The Most Complete Player In History,he Didn't Need Isco To Create Or Score For Him'said Zidane
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BucsEternally Dec 25, 2017 06:42 AM
'I Did'nt Need Isco Since I Had The Greatest Player Of All Time In My Starting11'said Zidane!
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Mavulela Joined: 26 Jul 2017
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Mavulela Dec 25, 2017 06:06 AM
Please guys stop blaming zizo for his clueless tactics. Playing against Messi is not an easy tusk, every cowch in this world will tell you,others have lost their jobs because of Messi. So don't tell me that you can't have a sleepless night if knew you up agains Messi.
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Voltaire Dec 24, 2017 11:45 PM
ZZ2 vs Pap chillies, in overseas it is not like here players start to play as early as 15-16 years old.
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Dec 24, 2017 09:11 PM
@Nelson 8ta local as am based in Mamelodi is obvious in spain am a fan of cr7
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Zly30 Dec 24, 2017 08:58 PM
These donkeys of cowdrid will be walloped by PSG watch the space!
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Nelson <barça+kby> Dec 24, 2017 08:52 PM
@ZZ2 vs Papa charles, most of your cowmments are useless n senseless,any way which team do you support boss?
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Dec 24, 2017 08:17 PM
Zidane ws terrorised by messi during his playing day so wht gave him headache now?messi ws involved in all goals but zz sacrify Isco!!instead of ryzng his hands up an accept blunder he's arrogant,i lyk messi but am confused by his age,eg he played against Zidane&Figo actually how old he was or now?i smell age cheating an if it's true my king "CR7" was robed an all individual award for messi must transfer to the king CR7 if Fifa is not Corrupt
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Romeo Maps88 Dec 24, 2017 07:53 PM
How many coaches have already admitted that they have to change their tactics because of Messi? Even Someone admitted he couldn't celebrate Atletico goal cos he saw Messi warning up in a match he started on the bench
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Faysal Dec 24, 2017 05:13 PM
Against messi sleepless nights
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Bongumdali Dec 24, 2017 03:56 PM
You don't have to explain,, u messed up.
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Golden Boots Dec 24, 2017 02:43 PM
Since he explaining, would he please explain Penald'Or air kick? LOL! He missed a fat ball and decided to kick thin air in the area! Lol, the best player ever. Hahaha Merry Xmas!
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Ruud-Krol(mugabel) Dec 24, 2017 02:19 PM
This arrogant mpandlana will be fired very soon. Real is in this mess because of his stupid decisions and he never learns from them, instead he keeps defending every stupid decision he makes.

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