Barcelona vs Real Madrid: 25/1 Betting Odds on Catalans

Ross Houston
August 12, 2017

Isco was regularly involved in Zidane's team, but it was a start here and there, minutes here and there, rather than a key role in the XI.

Zinedine Zidane said he is happy to sign a new contract at Real Madrid but admitted he knows only results on the pitch will guarantee he actually sees it out. "I'm going to have to make some decisions", he added.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos holds the trophy after winning the UEFA Super Cup. The 25-year-old simply never looked back, and despite the brilliance of a number of his teammates, it was Isco that made the biggest impression. The second leg will be at the Santiago Bernabeu on August 16.

Otherwise, the two sides would have to play out identical draws in this season's Clasicos, or win one each by identical scorelines - with Madrid having to have a better goal difference overall, for the Index's outcome to come true.

He then backed that up with a La Liga and European double in 2016-17 - Real's first since 1958.

The attacking firepower of their second string has been somewhat weakened by the departure of Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez, however, as the pair scored a combined 31 goals in all competitions last term.

FC Barcelona entertain Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup on Sunday night in what will be the first real indication of the relative strengths of the two major favourites for the La Liga title in the 2017-18 football season a week before that competition kicks off.

Among all of this, it is important to remember that as it stands, Isco will be out of contract next summer.

Despite the breakup of Barcelona's fabled MSN forward line, Zidane is still expecting a typically imposing challenge from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and what will be Ernesto Valverde's first taste of a competitive Clasico as Barca coach. No longer a bit-part player, Isco has well and truly turned his Real Madrid career around.

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