Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Zidane drops Courtois, picks Isco and Bale

Zidane drops Courtois, picks Isco and Bale

Isco gave Real a deserved lead in the second half in the Madrid sunshine and Gareth Bale further raised spirits by sealing victory later in the game.

Isco was an outcast under Santiago Solari, failing to start a single LaLiga game, but is back in the line-up alongside Bale, who reportedly had a frosty relationship with Zidane in his first period in charge.

The Frenchman led Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles before surprising the football world by handing in his resignation.

"Nobody here, or anywhere, can take away what these players have done here".

"Marcelo has not played much, that is true, but he is a professional and he has been very good in season".

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But Real Madrid chiefs recently fired Santiago Solari after poor games this season and made a decision to hire former coach Zidane. "They showed that today, those who had played less - Keylor, Marcelo, Isco, Marco - all of them", said Zidane. I don't know if we needed a change or not but the club thought it was necessary.

Even Navas enjoyed a standout moment in goal for Real, with Courtois watching on as his goalkeeping rival produced a stunning save from point-blank range to tip over Maxi Gomez's header, in what was Celta's only effort on target.

"But we should look for quality players, definitely, and players who could improve us as a team".

"What I liked most of all was that we had more than 20 crosses, and in the end we got there and finished one off".

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