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Lopetegui Wants Isco To Continue Momentum In Madrid

Julen Lopetegui has hailed Isco, and hopes he maintains his momentum at Madrid, after scoring his first international hattrick in the 6-1 win over Argentina.

The Spain international playmaker, is not a guaranteed starter at Madrid and Lopetegui has taken a slight dig at Zidane.

The Spain head coach believes the confidence Isco felt from him was the key behind his performance. However, he refused to question his lack of playing time under Zidane.

“I’m not going to discover anything new about Isco,” said Lopetegui. “Nor the feeling that comes from having him, nor his performance with us.

“We want him to be happy to face the World Cup with enthusiasm, I do not give him the confidence.

“I’m not going to talk about Real Madrid and Zidane’s decisions. I’m not going to fight with anyone because he’s happy with us and has euphoria.”

“I have congratulated the players and thanked them,” added Lopetegui. “The World Cup has not started yet.

“We have won against a team with a fantastic history and a finalist of the last World Cup. It is a magnificent team, it is true that they had casualties, because Messi, [Sergio] Aguero and [Angel] Di Maria are decisive for them

“We will start the next World Cup with zero points. It is a friendly, it is not equal to a World Cup match. You have to be happy.”

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