Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco has today revealed the reason behind why Zinedine Zidane’s men have struggled at home to begin the La Liga campaign.
The current Spanish and European champions have started out their domestic title defence in uncharacteristically poor form, having picked up just 8 points from their opening 5 fixtures.
Los Blancos have been particularly disappointing in front of their home fans at the Bernabeu, where they have yet to manage a victory in three league outings.
This run continued last night, as the capital giants fell to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis.
Despite Madrid being buoyed by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo following his early-season ban, and Zidane’s men creating a number of clear-cut opportunities on the night, a 94th minute sucker punch from Betis striker Antonio Sanabria saw the champions fall 7 points behind great rivals Barcelona in the La Liga standings.
Blancos midfielder Isco, who played 67 minutes last night before being replaced by Marco Asensio, was questioned on his side’s early season problems at the Bernabeu in a post-match interview with Marca, with the 25-year-old revealing:
‘We become anxious if we don’t score an early goal.’
‘There have been times in the past we have pulled off fantastic comebacks in the final few minutes and scored when we didn’t deserve to, but we cannot rely on that.’
‘It’s better this is happening now rather than later in the season as there is time to fix this – we’ve come back from worse situations.’
Isco’s comments will come as little surprise to regular viewers of Madrid, with the Bernabeu crowd having become infamously impatient when their team are not firing on all cylinders over recent years.
The Blancos faithful often resort to turning on their own players during their struggles, with Gareth Bale and even Cristiano Ronaldo having been the subject of regular jeering over the past couple of seasons.