Spain’s hat-trick man Isco has discussed the difference between playing for Spain and Real Madrid this season, saying he ‘feels alive’ for the former.
The former Malaga man has struggled to hold down a place in Zinedine Zidane’s side this season, despite many arguments that he has been their most impressive player.
Just one full 90 minute game in his last ten for Los Blancos has seen him assist on just one occasion – a stark contrast to his international form, where he has combined with the likes of Andres Iniesta to provide a superb midfield pairing.
A regular for the Spanish national side under Julen Lopetegui, Isco has been flourishing for the national side, scoring three goals in the 6-1 win over Argentina on Tuesday night at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Discussing his role for the national side, the midfielder examined his different roles for both club and country.
“I have the confidence of the Coach and maybe in Madrid (at club level), I have not won that yet,” Isco told reporters.
“That’s why the national team is so important for me as it gives me life, if I am not starting and don’t have continuity for my club then I must seize all my chances. I aim to be a starter for both my club and international team but the only way I can do that is to keep working hard.
“There are many great players at Real Madrid, maybe I am the problem.”
Goals from Iago Aspas, Thiago Alcantara and Diego Costa, added to Isco treble, giving Spain the perfect warm-up for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Lopetegui will now prepare for a final warm-up game against Tunisia on 9th June, before they meet Portugal in their first World Cup game on the 15th at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.