January will be tough for Madrid – Isco

Valencia and Atletico Madrid lie in wait immediately after the winter break and could pose a threat to the club’s 22-game winning streak

Isco has admitted Real Madrid face a difficult start to the New Year ahead of clashes with Valencia and Atletico Madrid in January.  

The club sit top of La Liga after winning 13 of their first 15 games in the division, while they have also put together an incredible run of 22 consecutive victories in all competitions.

But if they are to prolong that streak they will firstly have to overcome Valencia, who lie fourth in the table, before a two-legged Copa del Rey last-16 tie against their city rivals.

“It will be a very difficult start to 2015 for us,” said Isco on Monday. “We are still confident ahead of January and hopefully we can produce the same form and go beyond 22 wins.”

Madrid are currently preparing to face AC Milan in the Dubai Cup on Tuesday, a friendly game in the Emirates which will help the squad maintain their levels of fitness over the winter break.

On Sunday Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi spoke of the importance of the game in bringing together two of Europe’s most successful clubs and Isco added that his side would be taking the game seriously.

He continued: “It is the first time that I have visited Dubai, so I don’t know much about the place! But I know plenty about Milan and we all know what a big club they are and their record over the years and I’m sure it won’t be an easy game.”

Madrid defender Dani Carvajal echoed the thoughts of his team-mate, adding: “The game brings together the two sides with the most European Cups, which will hopefully make for a good show. It’s a game that will be good for us and prepare us for January.”

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