Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari has called for 100% effort from his side, as he responded to Isco's comments regarding his lack of match action this season.
The 26-year-old has seen limited game time since the arrival of Solari in October, with the attacking midfielder - who was an unused substitute during the 1-1 draw in the Copa del Rey semi-final first-leg against Barcelona - taking to Twitter to suggest he 'doesn't enjoy the same opportunities as his teammates'.
Solari however, ahead of Los Blancos' derby game against Atletico Madrid, has responded when asked about Isco's social media post by reminding his squad of what is expected of them, whether they are in the starting lineup or named on the bench
As quoted by MARCA, Solari said: "
Totalmente de acuerdo con De la Red,pero cuando no gozas de las misma oportunidades que tus compañeros la cosa cambia... aún así sigo trabajando y luchando mucho a la espera de ellas! Hala madrid!!💙— ISCO ALARCON (@isco_alarcon) February 7, 2019
"Football is about work and talent.
Real Madrid have the chance to move up to second in La Liga should they beat Los Rojiblancos at the Wanda Metropolitano, as well as moving them to within five points of league leaders Barca, who play Athletic Bilbao later this weekend.
Los Blancos enter the Madrid derby in great form, winning five of their last six games in all competitions since losing the second-leg of their Copa del Rey round of 16 tie against Leganes in mid-January, scoring 17 goals in that time.
Isco has reportedly been ruled out of the derby after picking up a back injury in training this week.