Zinedine Zidane’s decision to make nine changes to his Real Madrid team paid off as Isco inspired them to an emphatic 6-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric among others were rested following the Clasico defeat to Barcelona on Sunday, with the likes of Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata coming into the side.
Morata opened the scoring after just 55 seconds, with James Rodriguez doubling the visitors’ advantage soon after. Florin Andone halved the deficit before Vazquez restored Real Madrid’s two-goal lead just before the break.
James added another, along with Isco and Casemiro to complete the scoring for the away side, drawing Real Madrid level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga, with Zidane’’s men still holding a game in hand over their rivals.
Will Real Madrid’s strength in depth see them over the line? Barcelona couldn’t have done what Real Madrid did tonight. The Catalans rotated their squad for the match against Osasuna, but Zidane made nine changes to the team that started the Clasico on Sunday. But it made little difference as Real Madrid’s second string blew away Deportivo La Coruna with little fuss.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Isco (Real Madrid) - It’s becoming rather ridiculous that Isco isn’t an automatic first team starter at Real Madrid. Recent performances, including this one, have underlined the fact that he might even be their best player. This was the playmaker at his best, scoring and creating a handful of others as he put Deportivo La Coruna to the sword throughout. It’s no wonder Real Madrid are reportedly so keen to tie him to a new contract.
Deportivo La Coruña - Lux 6, Juanfran 5, Arribas 5, Sidnei 6, Luisinho 5, Bergantinos 6, Guilherme 5, Gil 6, Colas 5, Kakuta 5, Andone 7. Subs - Navarro 5, Tyton 5, Joselu 6.
Real Madrid - Casilla 6, Danilo 6, Varane 6, Nacho 5, Marcelo 8, Isco 9, James 8, Vazquez 7, Asensio 8, Morata 8. Subs - Tejero 5, Casemiro 7, Mariano 5.
1’ GOAL! Deportivo La Coruna 0-1 Real Madrid: Real Madrid have taken the lead after just 55 seconds! Morata was played in behind and smashed home a finish to give his team a 1-0 lead. The goalkeeper might have done better.
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