Isco: Copa? As a madridista…

Real Madrid midfielder Isco has admitted that “as a madridista, I wouldn’t like” the Copa del Rey final to be played at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Barcelona and Sevilla are reportedly pushing for the Bernabeu to host the cup decider in May due to its central location and significant capacity, while Los Blancos are reluctant to see their arch-rivals possibly defend the trophy.

And speaking after Madrid’s 4-2 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, Isco confessed: “As a madridista, I wouldn’t like it either.

“It was a hard-fought first half. Even though we scored very quickly, we were pegged back just as quickly.

“Still, the team didn’t lose their heads. We continued in the same way we began the game and scored again towards the end of the half.

“Athletic were very good in their approach and had chances, but we ​​generally had a great game and it’ll stand us in good stead for the match against Roma [on Wednesday].

“In a season with many games, you have to rotate the squad and ensure all the players are plugged in.

“This is the key; that everyone’s at 100 percent to help the team.”

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