Real Madrid midfielder Isco has come out and claimed that Los Blancos coach, Zinedine Zidane, had trust in him since day one. The former Malaga man has been spending most of his time on the bench after an indifferent start to the season, but hit the ground running against Real Betis by scoring 2 goals in the Galacticos’ 6-1 rout.
Speaking to Marca, the former Valencia starlet also claimed that he lacked self-confidence and is hoping to catch up rhythm soon.
"I lacked confidence in myself, though I have had the coach's [Zinedine Zidane] trust ever since he came on board," Isco said. "I needed a match like this, a confidence boost. The best way to gain confidence is with more playing time. I still lack rhythm but I hope to catch up soon," the Spaniard went on to add.
The Spain international believes that when things aren’t going the way it has been planned, working hard is the only way to move forward. "When things aren't working out the way you planned, you must work harder and take advantage of the opportunities you are given," he said.
Speaking about the game, Isco was of the opinion that the team were focused from the start and that they should continue doing so every single game.
"We were totally focused from the start, which is what we're supposed to do every match," the ex-Malaga man pointed out. "It was a complete first half, as we dominated the possession but also executed well on the counter-attack."
The 24-year old rounded off a brilliant performance with two goals. When asked about which one was his favourite, he came up with an answer as diplomatic as it could get.
"They were totally different goals," he said. "The counter-attack exemplified how quick the team is as a whole, while the second is a notable shot, so I pick both!"
Fransisco Roman Alarcon Suarez, also known as Isco, was signed by Real Madrid in the summer of 2013. His form prompted the fans at the Santiago Bernabeu to applaud him and chant his name. Ultimately, Mesut Ozil had to pave the way for him.
The 2012 Golden Boy winner, however, seems to be on somewhat of a downslide. After a rocking start to his career with the Whites, there seems to be no position for him in the system. He has played in 6 games this season, most of them from the bench, and has scored two goals in the process.