Ancelotti sings Isco praises
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Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed the impact that Isco has made since arriving at the club from Malaga after the midfielder scored twice in Real's 3-1 win over Athletic Club today.

The Spanish international scored either side of Cristiano Ronaldo's first goal of the campaign to ensure that Ancelotti's men maintained their 100 per cent start to the season. The Italian had special praise for his goalscorers and Luka Modric, who also excelled in midfield.

"I think that Modric had a fantastic match, as did Isco, and Cristiano scored which is always important for a forward," Ancelotti told a press conference afterwards. "Isco is doing very well, he looks like he has been playing here a long time. He has shown his personality, quality and ability.

"He has just as much quality on the wing as in the centre, but the defensive work he is doing on the wing is very important. When we are attacking he can go where he wants and he is very good at choosing the right place on the pitch."

Mass of midfielders
The fight for places in the Madrid midfield saw Germany international Mesut Ozil left on the bench and that competition is only likely to become more intense should Gareth Bale complete his much mooted move from Tottenham Hotspur before the transfer window closes on Monday.

Ozil denied earlier in the week that he was set to leave Madrid with English clubs said to be interested, but Ancelotti admitted there could also be players leaving the Bernabeu before the deadline. "I really don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. I can't say anything today. It could be that things change both in players coming in and leaving.

"It is normal that Ozil is not happy. I don't like players that are happy to be on the bench. It is a management decision. Angel Di Maria has rhythm, intensity and I preferred him for this match, that is all."