The Spain international played a prominent role as Carlo Ancelotti’s men notched a 19th successive win
Isco was happy to reflect on the “perfect group phase” as record-breaking Real Madrid thrashed Ludogorets 4-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
In beating the Bulgarians, Carlo Ancelotti’s side racked up a 19th consecutive victory in all competitions – breaking the Spanish record of 18 set by Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona in 2005/6. Included in Madrid’s run were six wins in Champions League Group B.
That they would complete a 100% record was never in doubt at the Bernabeu as an early Cristiano Ronaldo penalty was added to by goals from Gareth Bale, Alvaro Arbeloa and Alvaro Medran. Ludogorets’ hopes were effectively over as early as the 19th minute when defender Marcelinho was sent-off for handling Raphael Varane’s goalbound header.
“We have completed the perfect group phase,” said Isco. ”I’m so happy for the team’s great run. Today has been a comfortable game, as they had a player sent off very early. But we are very happy for how the team is playing. Now we expect the run to last as long as we can manage.”
“On a night like this we should be happy and celebrate the 19 consecutive winning games. The team is willing to keep doing it right, winning as many games as we can. But what matters in the end is winning titles.”
Madrid have had their fair share of injuries recently with James Rodriguez joining Luka Modric and Sami Khedira on the sidelines but Isco is confident the European champions can overcome the setbacks.
“We have had many injuries lately but these are football issues,” added the Spain international. “Ancelotti knows how to handle it and lead the team, but we hope not to have more injuries. I just want to keep helping my mates.”