But Zidane has not shown the same faith in him at Real Madrid, where Isco has often found himself on the bench behind the likes of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez. "Lopetegui gives me confidence with minutes, with games," Isco said. "With Madrid I do not have the confidence that a player needs, maybe the problem is me, that I have not won Zidane's confidence with the good players there." Isco signed a five-year contract with Real in September last year but there would be no shortage of suitors should he decide his future lies elsewhere.
"In Madrid I don't have the confidence a player needs. The matches with the national team give me life. Here I have the confidence of the coach." https://t.co/qwV54nvDUZ— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 28, 2018
English Premier League pair Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are rumoured to be interested in signing Isco. "When you don't play a leading role or have continuity in your club team, the games with the national team give me life," Isco said. "I have the confidence of the coach here (with Spain), I still have a lot of enthusiasm to work, to improve, to be a starter for my club and in the national team. "I feel that I'm at the beginning and I want to show that I am a good player."
"Real Madrid don't give me the confidence that I need"@isco_alarcon has explained why he's at his best with Spain, and not #RealMadrid It's not pleasant reading for Zinedine Zidane... ? ? https://t.co/8Eea29JqhD pic.twitter.com/Oxc8OqhSly— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) March 27, 2018
Isco left the stadium with the match ball under his arm but it was a good night too for Diego Costa, who put his hand up to be Spain's lead striker in Russia by scoring the opening goal. Costa had been left out by Lopetegui while inactive during his departure from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid but he would appear now to be in pole position up front, ahead of Rodrigo Moreno, Iago Aspas and the out-of-form Alvaro Morata. "During the nine months I went without being called up by Spain I felt bad," Costa said. "I went six months without playing as you all know, but I knew that if I started playing again I would have a chance of returning, and I'm happy to be here."
"Madrid, I don’t have the confidence a player needs." "Maybe I’m the problem in Madrid. I don’t know how to win Zidane’s confidence." Isco, on behalf of everyone in England, we welcome you to the Premier League x pic.twitter.com/aWdcZHd7kE— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) March 28, 2018
Costa had to be taken off after colliding with goalkeeper Sergio Romero for his goal but the striker indicated he would be fit to face Deportivo La Coruna this weekend. "I think I will be fit to play Sunday," Costa said. "I took a knock, I'll put ice on it and that's all." Aspas, the leading Spanish scorer this season with 16 goals for Celta Vigo, did his own chances no harm by coming on to score one and set up two more in a flurry of second-half goals. Thiago Alcantara made it four shortly before the hour-mark after Nicolas Otamendi earlier headed in what turned out to be no more than a consolation for Argentina.
Diego Costa knows. pic.twitter.com/kan5JccZt2— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 28, 2018