Zidane: "Isco will start against Eibar"

The Real Madrid coach focused on Cristiano's improvement and the criticism his team have received after a series of three draws.

Zidane: "Isco will start against Eibar"
Luca Piergiovanni EFE

Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press this morning as his team prepare for tomorrow game against Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu (kick off 16:15 CET) 

Will Isco play against Eibar?

Yes, he'll play tomorrow. He's in good shape and if Lopetegui call's him up to the national team then it's for a reason. He hasn't had much playing time but he's a quality player and working well.


Is it a good thing that Benzema hasn't been called up by France?

I don't know, that's a question for the French coach. Karim is a key player for us and doing well with the squad. I want to get the best player back in action and bit by bit we're seeing that from Karim.

What is the latest with Coentrao and the left back position.

He's back with us for three weeks and training normally but has picked up a minor twinge. It's something normal and we don't want to take any risks.I'm confident he'll be back with us after the international break.

FUTBOL 16/17Fabio Coentrao

Do you feel your work is being appreciated sufficiently?

That's the way things are at Madrid. I've been a player here and it's top of the top. What was the issue at Las Palmas? I'd say we lacked concentration at the final stage of the game. The demand here is high on a day to day basis. Maybe our winning the last Champions League has been appreciated but my aim is to improve and I'm very aware of where I am.