Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has revealed he is happy with Isco after he was restored to the starting line-up and produced a fine brace in the 6-1 Copa del Rey win over Melilla.
Isco has been confined to bench duty since Solari replaced Julen Lopetegui and was dropped from Madrid’s matchday squad for last week’s 2-0 Champions League victory at Roma.
He returned to the first XI for the formality of Thursday’s second-leg tie against third-tier opponents, with Madrid already holding a 4-0 first-leg advantage.
Marco Asensio opened the scoring after the half hour, setting in motion a flurry of three goals in six minutes.
After the interval, Isco joined Asensio in hitting a double– netting either side of Vinicius Junior getting in on the act, with Isco’s first a sublime strike from 25 yards that drew warm applause from Solari.
“I’m very happy for Isco, I was very sorry that he missed the one played in the first half, because it would have been a great goal,” he told reporters.
“I’m also very happy for Asensio, who scored two goals, and for Vinicius, who did another.”