Isco ‘surprised by start’

Isco has revealed he was surprised to be picked to replace Angel Di Maria against Borussia Dortmund.

The former Malaga midfielder scored in the 3-0 win but said after the match he didn’t expect to be included. Di Maria had to withdraw from the squad after reporting ill.

“It’s an excellent result. I’m very happy that I scored and also for the clean sheet,” he told reporters after the final whistle.

“Pepe and the rest of the defence performed to a very high level. So did the rest of the team. It’s a deserved victory.

“I was surprised to be called when Angel felt sick but we must always be ready to play.

“I enjoyed having the chance to show the Coach I can play in any formation and in any position.

“I loved being applauded off by the fans at the end.”

Isco was asked about Carlo Ancelotti’s comparison of him to Clarence Seedorf and insisted he wants to be judged on his own merits.

“Seedorf is a great player but I’m Isco, no one else,” he replied.

Madrid have a comfortable lead for the second-leg but Isco warned against getting complacent in Germany.

“You never know what might happen. No one expected Madrid to lose 4-1 there last season. We have to go there and do our best,” Isco added.

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