Real Madrid suffered a set back in La Liga last week, conceding a late goal in the Madrid derby to draw 1-1 with Atletico Madrid.
Three minutes later, Real Madrid's midfielder, Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez, commonly known as Isco, scored an equalizer.
We're sure there are a few Real Madrid fans who are feeling the love for Isco right now. We didn't have a lot of time to rest, those that have come in have been fantastic and that's really what makes the team excellent.
However, even if Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar can be trusted to get the goals, there is no guarantee the Catalans will keep the clean sheet they will nearly certainly need to reach the semi-finals.
Real Madrid defeated its opponent during Saturday's game against Sporting Gijon in a 3-2 victory.
Next up for Real Madrid is the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final at home to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, while Sporting have a massive league game away to basement side Osasuna next weekend. "We are playing game-to-game". With the win, Real maintained the top spot in the table, inching closer towards lifting the trophy.
Zidane, who took over the first team after the sacking of Rafa Benitez in January 2016, is still in the hunt for La Liga and Champions League glory this season.
But not for Isco, who gave his coach good reason to play him more in the high-profile matches.
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Isco's first goal was a superb solo effort in the 17th to cancel out Duje Cop's opener. Isco avoided three defenders inside a crowded area before lashing a left-footed strike just inside the top corner of the goal frame.
Depor had only picked up one point in four matches since stunning Barcelona 2-1 a month ago, but second-half goals from Joselu and Pedro Mosquera helped them see off Malaga. Zidane said he wasn't sure if Bale would be ready next week to play Bayern in the return leg of the quarterfinal.
It was Sporting that made the breakthrough in the 14th minute when Cop allowed a wonderful pass from Mikel Vesga to drop straight onto his left foot, and the striker's volley found a route past Kiko Casilla in the Real Madrid goal.
Morata scored nine minutes later, heading home Danilo's cross, and Madrid pressed for a victor with Isco robbed of the ball when poised to shoot after another bewitching dribble and substitute Marcelo drilling wide.
Despite all of the players rested, Madrid's side still featured an embarrassment of riches - with Isco and James Rodriguez the two men fighting it out for a future in the Spanish capital.
After the match, Isco said he just wanted to spend less time on the bench.
"I have always made it clear that I want to be here for many years", he is quoted as saying by Marca.
The win ended a awful week which saw Barca lose 2-0 in Malaga and 3-0 away to Juventus, but even the three points couldn't disguise the feeling of decline.