Isco: I'll force Benitez into difficult decisions

The Spain international netted Real Madrid’s opening goal in the 3-1 win over Las Palmas on Saturday and is keen to make selection difficult for the former Liverpool boss


Isco is eager to put pressure on coach Rafael Benitez to pick him consistently, after scoring the opening goal in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Las Palmas on Saturday.

The 23-year-old playmaker has failed to secure his position in the side since joining from Malaga in July 2013 but has enjoyed a fine recent run of form and has started the last five games for the Madrid giants.

After starting on the right of the front three in attack against the Canary Island outfit, Isco said that he is happy to play in any position and wants to give Benitez a selection dilemma.

“I’m comfortable anywhere, as long as it’s on the pitch,” he said. “I will continue working and fighting to make it difficult for the manager.”

Madrid temporarily extended their lead at the top of La Liga before title-rivals and holders Barcelona drew level at the summit following their victory over Getafe.

Isco was pleased with the manner of Madrid’s away victory but said the team will not be resting on their laurels, with Barca in touching distance.

“We began the game with a lot of conviction and scored two goals early on,” he said.

“The game went our way and it was a shame we conceded a goal. We played pretty well overall.”

He added: “We have to continue this good run. We’re happy to get the three points and stay at the top, which is important.”

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