Zidane: Isco's Future Is At Madrid

The La Liga match between Sporting Gijon and Real Madrid will be broadcast live on BeIN Sports.

Marcelo insisted there are not ever any easy matches for Real Madrid after the LaLiga leaders finished their recovery in the 90th minute.

Isco's outstanding performance saved coach Zinedine Zidane from paying a heavy price for resting nearly all his first-choice players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, for Madrid's big week ahead.

It was a seventh win from eight in all competitions, while they will hope to stretch their unbeaten run to 11 games when they travel to northern Spain to take on Sporting Gijon, who will end the weekend in the bottom three even if they upset the odds on Saturday afternoon. We didn't have much time to rest, those that have come in have been phenomenal and that is what makes the team great. The talented Carlos Carmona and the motivated Duje Cop are the only pieces that could unsettle Real Madrid's defence, although the Molinon stadium can also carry the team with their famous stamina and noise if things start off the right foot for them. "But this is the spirit of Real Madrid, we have shown it before and we'll show it again".

Los Blancos now lead second-place Barca by three points having played a game less.

Each of the two players would be starters at most other sides, but Isco is ahead of them all and his two moments of magic made the difference in this match.

Madrid welcomes Bayern on Tuesday after winning the first leg 2-1, while Barcelona must overturn a 3-0 first-leg defeat to Juventus on Wednesday.

Barca host Real Sociedad later on Saturday (19:45 BST), with their next La Liga match against Madrid in El Clasico next Sunday.

Only Sergio Ramos and Nacho kept their spots, while there was a first La Liga start of the season at left-back for Fabio Coentrao.

Opportunities were few and far between in the latter stages of the first period, however, with a long-range effort from Vasquez, which missed the crossbar, just about the closest either side came to taking the lead.

Adams took over last week promising to give Granada's under-performing players a "kick up the arse", and then appeared to use a high tempo interpretative dance training routine to bypass the language barrier between him and most of the squad.

The playmaker scored in the 17th minute after an unbelievable solo run to equalise against Sporting Gijon.

"We'll have to see what his injury is", Zidane said.

Sporting went back ahead through a header by Mikel Vesga, who had already set up Cop's opener, which looped over the goalkeeper five minutes after halftime.

  • Julie Sanders