James Rodriguez had a great game for his country, as he led his side to a 3-1 win over a very tough opponent in Ecuador. James took the game to his opponents from the start, and tortured the visitors with his vision, dribbling, and passing. In the first half especially, James had several good chances on goal, which he perhaps wasted. But he nevertheless made sure he accomplished some end-product with an assist in the 14th minute, that Carlos Bacca skillfully converted.
Such a performance comes at a key time for James, with a starting spot on the line for the upcoming Clásico. This might give Zidane a selection headache when trying to decide who to start in midfield, but if you believe the likes of Marca, Zidane will hand the spot to Casemiro. This belief is given further credence when you realize that Zidane might be finally settling on a team that he feels gives the squad the balance he so desperately craves. Either way, an in-form James will be a useful asset when traveling to the Camp Nou, regardless of whether he starts the game or comes on from the bench.