The midfielder spoke about his team mate's situation: "I got to play today. He's got what it takes to turn his situation around. He's been through this before".
Dani Ceballos made his eighth start of the season against Valencia yesterday and made way for Isco on 80 minutes. He spoke about his team mate's situation: "I got to play today. He's got what it takes to turn his situation around. He's been through this before and recovered".
Game of two halves: "The first half performance was one of best so far this season; Valencia are a good side and they put us under pressure but we were solid in defence".
Second consecutive win
Another step forward: "What matters is getting three points. This is the moment when we have to take another step and keep battling to win the league under the final day"
Midfield without Casemiro, Modric or Kroos. "It was a bit strange, but there are young players pushing for a place and that makes it difficult for the first choice players. I'm happy for Llorente, for Fede and for me".
Thoughts on your season so far: "I'm happy to be getting more playing time after not featuring very much last season. I have to continue the trajectory I'm on and add my small grain of sand to the team".
Competing for a place in the team
Isco's situation: "I got to play today. He's got what it takes to turn his situation around. He's been through this before and he's always recovered. He's a key player for Real Madrid".
Sharing the same position as Isco: "You go through moments like this at certain points of the season. At the end of the day, everyone knows that my position is the number 8 role. Against Eibar, I struggled to adapt to the number 6 position. Now with Marcos Llorente in that position, things are much better. He's doing really well and he deserves credit for that seeing as he wasn't playing very often either".
Ballon d'Or: "Modric deserves it. You only have to look at the season he had last year, he put Croatia in the World Cup final almost singlehandedly. It's a great time to recognize what a brilliant player he is".