Lopetegui: Spain are a formidable team with or without Isco

Isco has become a key player at Real Madrid this year, while also taking that form to the international stage.

The playmaker has scored four goals in 11 appearances this season for Zinedine Zidane’s men, as well as¬†10 LaLiga goals last season, which mostly¬†came at the end of the year.

Despite Isco’s great form, Spain coach Lopetegui insists that even without him Spain are a formidable team, as the play against World Cup hosts Russia on Tuesday, with the midfielder out injured.

“Isco is a revered player in a great state of form,” Lopetegui said at his pre-match news conference.

“But we have always talked about functioning as a collective, which is what benefits individuals.

“For us, all the players are the main players. We look at everyone in the same way.

“I’m sure a good team will come out. With him or without Isco, we will be a great team.”

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