Isco winner takes Ronaldo-less Real six points clear

Barcelona stayed firm behind Real Madrid in the title race by winning 3-2 against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.

Tottenham fans on Twitter have urged Mauricio Pochettino to go out and sign Real Madrid attacker Isco after his stunning Saturday display.

It was the goal of a top class player, and led to a barrage of questions postmatch from local reporters who asked whether Zinedine Zidane had been unfair to leave the Spain global on the bench so often.

No sooner will their European showdown have come and gone Madrid will find themselves heading into what is comfortably their biggest game of the season - a La Liga "El Clasico" showdown with Barcelona.

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Isco's outstanding performance saved coach Zinedine Zidane from paying a heavy price for resting nearly all his first-choice players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, for Madrid's big week ahead.

Fabio Coentrao and Danilo were handed rare starts in the fullback positions, while forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were rested, with Wales global Gareth Bale out injured. We were not playing like we should. He scored the first goal for Los Blancos with a very good play, dribbling two opponents and scoring from a great let footed shot.

Only captain Sergio Ramos and Fernandez Nacho retained their places as James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez, Morata, Marco Asensio and Fabio Coentrao came in for rare starts.

Although Zidane's men had more than two-thirds of possession running in their favour at the interval, it was again the hosts who took the initiative after the restart as Vesga got on the scoresheet. Isco avoided three defenders inside a crowded area before lashing a left-footed strike just inside the top corner of the goal frame.

Real hit back three minutes later as Isco curled home a fine effort into top corner to level matters for the visitors.

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"The fans will be more important than ever", Zidane said on Monday. "I want to stay a long time, many years, and I hope I do".

Atletico Madrid rested forward Antoine Griezmann ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match at Leicester, when it will defend a 1-0 first-leg victory.

The 23-year old midfielder, stamping his authority at the club after the match said, "I am at the best team in the world..."

The win ended a awful week which saw Barca lose 2-0 in Malaga and 3-0 away to Juventus, but even the three points couldn't disguise the feeling of decline.

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