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Isco Alarcón Deserves to Start for Real Madrid

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While the other players were panicking, this 21-year-old showed all the veterans and leaders of this team how to play through a difficult scenario.

Dennis Grombkowski

Isco Alarcón is not afraid. He joined the game right after half time, when Borussia Dortmund only needed one goal to send the game to extra time, and decided that he was going to have the ball. Modric, who is 28 years old, and Alonso, who was won a FIFA World Cup and two UEFA Euros with Spain, should be ashamed by how a 21-year-old and short guy who signed from Málaga showed them how to freeze that hell that was the Signal-Iduna Park.

It is not that Isco helped Real Madrid defensively or that he delivered a good number of potential assists for his teammates. Isco simply decided to take the ball away from Borussia Dortmund for most of the second half, and that was crucial for Real Madrid to survive in Germany.

In such a difficult scenario, a player that young, without big international experience and who is currently a bench player for Carlo Ancelotti should have been frightened. And nobody could blame him for that. And yet, he showed that kind of personality and audacity to completely change the game, and that is why Isco deserves to be a starter for this Real Madrid.

Ancelotti should decide where, but Di María is slowly starting to show that he's not a born midfielder. To play him in that position worked for some time and some matches, but Isco Alarcón is ready to take that next step and learn the midfielder position as he plays Real Madrid's last games of the 2013-2014 season.

Give him that chance, Carlo.