JOCKEY QUOTESJOEL ROSARIO, EDWARDS GOING LEFT, WINNER: “He broke a little slow so I was having to use him a little right away. It looked like a nice spot was there on the rail and he was wanting to go towards it. There was room so I dipped him in and he did the rest. I wanted to have him wherever he wanted to be and he was happy and traveling well once there. He tried really hard today and fought back. Last time I rode him he was trying to go by the other horses and didn’t quit, so when we were in it today, in the stretch I saw the same thing from him.”TYLER BAZE, KING ABNER, SECOND: “I don’t like getting beat like that. I thought Edwards Going Left got away from us a little on the first turn, so I angled out. Gotta say, that time on that track, that’s fast. It’s been a little heavy all day.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, EDWARDS GOING LEFT, WINNER: “Just watching the races, the track seems like the horses in front were running really well, so I told Joel to ride him out of the gate, get him a good position, then figure out what you want to do. He’s such a nice horse, if you look at his form he doesn’t have a bad race on there, and his form serves him well, you look at him coming in third to City Of Light (Winner of 2019 Pegasus World Cup Invitational), really top, top horses, always runs a good race, he just came out of a fast race the other day, I think Ax Man will be the favorite in the San Carlos so we would like to keep them in the Cal-Bred program if we can then we can dip into open company too. It was a great stretch drive, I’ve got a lot of confidence with Joel. He’s so strong and if you notice very little whipping, it’s him just riding him and carrying him. He’s a very strong rider.”OWNER QUOTESKOSTA HRONIS, OWNER OF EDWARDS GOING LEFT, WINNER: “That was tough coming down the homestretch. It was tough to keep calm. I can imagine how Joel feels! It seemed like it was a very long stretch run for a while. This is so nice and so rewarding. I’m happy for him. He’s a hard trier every time and he’s a Cal-bred and we love the Cal-breds here at Santa Anita. We’re just so happy he’s back on track and doing well.”NOTES: The winning owner is Hronis Racing, LLC.Hronis Racing’s Edwards Going Left and jockey Joel Rosario, right, outleg King Abner (Tyler Baze), left, to win the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes, Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO
40% 1st 35% 1 SAN MARCOS STAKES: UNITED WE STAND 8 47% 24% 2nd Mike Smith25 $406,527 WIFE OF THE BALD EAGLE, PEGGY WHITTINGHAM DIES AT 95 16 3 4 4 9 $117,621 18 12 41% 53% 17% 15 17 ASSISTANT STARTER RAMIREZ HAS SUPER BOWL CONNECTION 6 29% Jockey Standings 6 4 $277,581 Jorge Velez72 36% Ruben Fuentes37 24% 43% 1 5 11 9 20% 16% Mike Puype20 Umberto Rispoli53 1 Flavien Prat65 9 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 23% Philip D’Amato43 $480,632 Peter Miller34 33% 10 2 15% 46% 13% 29% 16 $708,954 8 53% 10 25% 11 4 Tiago Pereira48 36% 4 4 5 Mario Gutierrez43 $211,842 Bob Baffert35 J.C. Diaz, Jr.42 $462,138 40% 14% 8 22% 5 4 15% 6 3 Mark Glatt31 ROADSTER ‘RAILED’ IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL STAKES 10% Money Won 5 1 Money Won Geovanni Franco38 6 13 15% 26% 37% 45% 55% 5 $833,612 ITM% $363,677 1 $145,075 Agapito Delgadillo29 8 4 30% Hector O. Palma17 38% $661,582 MIDCOURT NEEDS FAST START IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL 2 7 3rd Win% ITM% 48% 50% $100,171 $1,015,432 4 15% 9 4 Jeff Bonde11 5 2 14% 6 3 $686,094 Brian J. Koriner20 3 CLEOPATRA’S STRIKE COULD BE CROWNED IN SATURDAY’S SAN MARCOS Richard E. Mandella19 55% 74% 13% $235,580 Win% Drayden Van Dyke60 6 6 7 48% Doug F. O’Neill49 40% 7 63% $792,770 6 $348,759 $352,470 11% 1 $784,421 Joel Rosario72 8 39% 63% 42% 9 $212,481 TrainerSts 6 $423,428 32% 4 16 7 3 22% 1st (Current Through Sunday, January 26, 2020 Inclusive) 4 JockeyMts 1 4 Richard Baltas53 Abel Cedillo113 3 $185,481 5 2 5 12 Edwin Maldonado33 2 Michael W. McCarthy18 5 4 17% $393,165 $142,205 3rd $327,491 2nd $1,112,634 9% 11 SAN MARCOS STAKES: UNITED WE STAND United finished only a head behind eventual 2019 Runhappy Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar at monstrous odds of 51-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, and has been steady as they come since Richard Mandella received the five-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway eight races back from Roger Attfield, who conditioned the gelding for his first three career starts in 2018 at Woodbine.Mandella expects the stretch-running chestnut to continue to show good form in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes at a mile and a quarter on grass even though he’s “shortening up” from two straight mile and a half marathons.“He’s doing very well and he’s run well all year,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “He’ll need to be a little sharper going a mile and a quarter instead of a mile and a half, but I think he is.”The Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup, United’s last race Dec. 1 at Del Mar, each were contested at a mile and a half.Owned by LNJ Foxwoods and bred by Rosemont Farm, LLC in Kentucky, United has a 3-3-1 record from 11 starts with earnings of $893,549. Victory in the San Marcos is worth $120,000 and would make United a millionaire with a bankroll of $1,013,549.The San Marcos, race seven on Saturday: Chosen Vessel, (12-1) Drayden Van Dyke; Cleopatra’s Strike, (2-1) Abel Cedillo; Multiplier, (12-1) Umberto Rispoli; United, (8-5) Flavien Prat; Brown Storm, (6-1) Hector Berrios; Campaign, (scratched) Rafael Bejarano and Oscar Dominguez, (5-2) Joel Rosario.CLEOPATRA’S STRIKE COULD BE CROWNED IN SATURDAY’S SAN MARCOSMost recently, beaten a neck going a mile and one eighth on turf in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 4, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Cleopatra’s Strike rates a huge chance in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“He’s found his top form,” said D’Amato on Thursday. “I like the distance. He’s one for two at a mile and a quarter and his win came here in a Grade II (John Henry Turf Classic, three starts back on Sept. 28), so we feel good about his chances. Abel (Cedillo) rode him last time and he won on him in the John Henry. He works him every time and he knows him well. This horse is very tactical, so we’re ready to go.”A 7-year-old Ontario, Canadian-bred gelding by Smart Strike out of the Sky Classic mare Cleopatra’s Needle, Cleopatra’s Strike, who was originally based in Toronto, will be making his fifth start for D’Amato on Saturday. With an overall mark of 27-4-10-2, he has earnings of $428,844.BAFFERT WOULD PREFER FAST LANE FOR ROADSTER IN SAN PASQUALA winner of last year’s Grade I Santa Anita Derby, Bob Baffert’s Roadster has drawn the rail in a field of 10 older horses going a mile and one eighth in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, an iconic prep for the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.Winless in five subsequent starts, the 4-year-old Quality Road colt comes off a solid second place finish to Omaha Beach going seven furlongs in the Grade I Malibu Stakes on Dec. 28.“I got the damn rail again,” mused Baffert on Thursday morning. “This horse is doing really well. He got too far back early in that race, but he came running. I’d like to see him in the race a little more…I’m happy to see we got a large field.”Dating back to 1999 with Silver Charm, Baffert has won the San Pasqual a record five times, most recently with Hoppertunity in 2015.SHIRREFFS SAYS MIDCOURT NEEDS FAST START IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUALMost recently a well beaten third by top older horse Gift Box going a mile and one sixteenth in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on Dec. 28, trainer John Shirreffs is quietly confident about Midcourt’s chances going a mile and one eighth in Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes.“He kind of stumbled away from the gate in the San Antonio,” said Shirreffs on Thursday. “Victor (Espinoza) said he thought the ground broke away from under him. Then he got carried wide by Pete Eurton’s horse (Draft Pick, also owned by C R K Stable) going into the first turn and you knew it was gonna be pretty tough from there.“Horses weren’t closing that day, but he did make a good run, so we were happy with that. With this horse, just getting away from the gate well is important…He needs to get into stride and when he does, he’s much more comfortable.”The San Pasqual, race eight on Saturday: Roadster, (7-2) Joel Rosario; Route Six Six, (20-1) Jose Valdivia, Jr.; Restrainedvengence, (4-1) Abel Cedillo; King Abner, (4-1) Flavien Prat; Midcourt, (3-1) Victor Espinoza; Instagrand, (12-1) Umberto Rispoli; California Street, (12-1) Mike Smith; Two Thirty Five, (8-1) Ruben Fuentes; Bold Endeavor, (30-1) Mario Gutierrez and Combatant, (10-1) Drayden Van Dyke.PEGGY WHITTINGHAM DIES AT 95Story by Evan Hammonds, BloodHorse.comPeggy Whittingham, wife of the late Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham, died Jan. 28 at her home in San Marcos, Calif. She passed with her family by her side following a long battle with breast cancer. She was 95.A service will be held at Solano Beach (near Del Mar) on Feb. 29, Leap Day, on what would have been her 96th birthday.“She had been dealing with the cancer for quite a few years,” said son Mike Whittingham. “It was very slow growing for a long time, and then all of a sudden it decided not to be. She’s been in decline for a few months.”“My mother was a real force,” said daughter Charlene von Bluecher. “Anybody who knew her would agree. She was a world traveler. One of the hospice workers who came to help kept calling her ‘princess,’ and I said, ‘Oh, no. She is not a princess, she’s a queen.’”“A lot of the older folks would know that she went toe-to-toe with dad,” Mike Whittingham said. “They were very social and social among a lot of the old-time celebrities. “And what I mean by toe to toe, sometimes dad would call from the track, ‘Hey, I’m bringing home so-and-so … it might be 20 people …and mom would have dinner ready and a party prepped by the time they got home. She was quite an entertainer.”And a world traveler.“She went on quite a few trips with Marie Jones,” von Bluecher said. “They took a motor home all over the place and toured Asia together. Back in the old days she ran around with quite a few people like Doc Harthill, the Maddens, and the Hirschs,” Mike Whittingham added. “One of her best friends was (actress) Angie Dickinson. They spent a lot of time together and she was very supportive after Dad died.”Dickinson at one time was married to the musician and successful Thoroughbred owner Burt Bacharach.Peggy “was a lovely person,” said breeder/owner Arthur Hancock III, who raced the Whittingham-trained Sunday Silence. “She and Charlie were very much in love; you could tell they had a great relationship. They were very compatible. She certainly was Charlie’s rock.”She is survived by her two children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Charlie, who died at age 86 in 1999, and her son, Taylor.COMEBACKING ASSISTANT STARTER RAMIREZ HAS SUPER BOWL CONNECTIONSanta Anita welcomed back popular assistant starter Hector Ramirez this morning, as this will be his first race day since being sidelined with a heart issue this past July at Del Mar.“The doctors at Scripps La Jolla did a fantastic job,” said Ramirez, 58, on a bright sunny Thursday morning in Santa Anita’s quarter mile chute. “They found the problem right away, operated on me and I’m really happy to be back.”Originally an exercise rider, Ramirez has been working on the starting gate since 1986. “My brother Gilbert rode for a long time and my wife Cathy actually rode races for a short time on the fairs up north,” he said.And speaking of his wife, Ramirez noted that his family is a bit conflicted as to who to root for in this Sunday’s Super Bowl.“It’s kind of amazing. My father-in-law, Chuck Kenney, was an offensive lineman with the 49ers in 1947, and my brother-in-law, Bill Kenney, played quarterback for the Chiefs from 1980 to 1988 (made the Pro Bowl in 1983).”So, who is Hector Ramirez rooting for?“I’m from New Mexico and I’m a Cowboy fan at heart,” he said pointing to his cap. “But in this game, I gotta go for the Chiefs. They’re hitting on all cylinders and I love watching Mahomes play quarterback.”SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOKIn addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall-to-wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.FINISH LINES: Morning Line for Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Race 6: Encoder, (8-1) Mike Smith; Thousand Words, (4-5) Flavien Prat; Tizamagician, (3-1) Victor Espinoza; Royal Act, (15-1) Abel Cedillo; High Velocity, (3-1) Joel Rosario and Zimba Warrior, (15-1) Jose Valdivia, Jr…McKinzie and McKale both worked a bullet six furlongs Thursday in 1:11.60 for Bob Baffert. Unbeaten in two starts, Derby hopeful Authentic worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 also for Baffert…Other notable works included the Craig Lewis pair of Club Aspen and Warren’s Showtime, with both drilling a half mile in 48 flat, and Bolo worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:01.40 for Carla Gaines…The following jockeys have been suspended: Iggy Puglisi (Feb. 1 and 2) for a riding crop violation on Heartfullofstars in the seventh race Jan. 24; Anthony Locke (10 days, Feb. 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 21) for causing interference on Grey Tsunami in the second race on Jan. 26; and Assael Espinoza (two days, Feb. 2 and 6) for interference on Fort Dodge in the eighth race on Jan. 20… Santa Anita offers $2 beer and $6 specialty cocktails each Friday at designated locations throughout the track. Specialty cocktails include a Baldwin Buck, Margarita and other selected cocktails. There is also free Club House (including Santa Anita’s Sports Book) and General Admission each Friday . . . FIRST POST ON BIG GAME SUNDAY, FEB. 2., IS EARLY AT 11 A.M. COME FOR THE RACES AND STAY FOR THE BIG GAME!LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Thursday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 30th, 2020Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for January 31st, 2020WORKOUTS:Authentic (Baffert) 1-30-20Shanghai Truffles (Gallagher) 1-30-20Ginger Nut (Sadler) 1-30-20McKinzie (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 1-30-20Sold It (Outside) and Keno’d (O’Neill) 1-27-20Tapitha Bonita (Miyadi) 1-27-20Kitty Boom Boom (Baltas) 1-27-20Gift Box (Sadler) 1-26-20Roadster (Outside) and Heck Yeah (Baffert) 1-26-20United (Mandella) 1-26-20Clivetty (Outside) and Instagrand (Chatlos) 1-25-20Campaign (Outside) and Combatant (Sadler) 1-25-20
WEST HAM have deleted a tweet aimed at Jose Mourinho ahead of the Hammers’ clash against Tottenham on the weekend.The Special One – who was appointed Spurs boss this morning following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino – will be in the dugout for the London derby on Saturday.West Ham deleted the Mourinho tweet but the internet never forgets 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Z6XzCEqecS— xPopeGamingxTTV (@DoAHasekRoll) November 20, 2019 2 Jose Mourinho has replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs bossCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd the Hammers will be hoping their tweet doesn’t come back to haunt them after they attempted to troll the 56-year-old.The East End outfit posted a video on social media featuring clips and audio from various West Ham wins over Mourinho during his time with Chelsea and Manchester United.Captioning the post, the Twitter admin said: “See you Saturday, Jose.”But after less than two hours, the tweet had been deleted, with fans joking that the post is sure to backfire.One commented: “Have we really gone and deleted the Mourinho tweet before I got a chance to see it? Needed a good laugh this morning knowing it come back to bite us after we lose 4-0 on Saturday.”Another said: “West Ham really deleted that tweet about Mourinho? FFS football is about banter, if it backfired who the f*** cares.”A third added: “Seriously, who the f*** is (in) charge of our social media? Playing like we are and then you tweet this? This WILL backfire massively.”West Ham sit two places behind Spurs in the table, but can leapfrog their rivals with a win in Saturday’s early kick off.THE CLUB HAVE DELETED THE JOSÉ TWEET. pic.twitter.com/uUl6Wd0ZXs— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) November 20, 2019 ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer2Mourinho – who is believed to be earning £15million-a-year at Spurs – lost on his last visit to the London Stadium.The ex-Real Madrid gaffer could bring back the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier to the starting XI with Tottenham looking to win their first league game since September 28.And with January around the corner, Mourinho is sure to strengthen his side.Tottenham appoint Jose Mourinho as new manager less than 24 hours after sacking Mauricio Pochettino
Photo by Getty Images. Caption: Racing 92 fly-half Pat Lambie Montpellier had won their last three games, but were put to the sword by the hosts, who ran in three tries and saw 11 points come from the boot of fly-half Pat Lambie to give their home stadium in Colombes a fine send-off before they move to the newly built U Arena.Racing, who are set to lose Dan Carter at the end of the season after he announced this week that he is to leave for Japan’s Kobelco Steelers, went ahead courtesy of the first of three Lambie penalties 23 minutes in.And seven minutes later Albert Vulivuli crossed for the game’s opening try.Another Lambie three-pointer made it 13-0 at the break and Brice Dulin extended the lead further when he went over out wide.Juan Imhoff added the finishing touches with a 70-metre solo effort from an interception as Racing recorded a bonus-point success that marked their fourth successive win.Bravo à nos Ciel et Blanc pour cette belle victoire ! Au programme : Tour d’honneur + selfie avec les supporters ! #R92MHR pic.twitter.com/Q8qkKaYrE6— Racing 92 (@racing92) November 26, 2017Lyon could have gone top had they taken advantage of Montpellier’s slip-up, but they too stumbled at home against Toulouse.Lionel Beauxis’ penalty put Lyon ahead after 13 minutes but a Toulouse penalty try and a Zack Holmes converted try put the visitors into a 14-3 lead.A late hit from Dorian Aldegheri saw him sent to the sin bin and Beauxis took advantage with two penalties to narrow the gap, only for a late Thomas Ramos penalty to put the game beyond doubt.Lyon remain four points behind Montpellier in third, level on points with Racing, while Toulouse are a point further back.
The star lock was an integral part of Melbourne’s win over the Sunwolves, wreaking havoc at lineout time and playing an understated hand in the Rebels attack.But he pulled up particularly sore after the match and has since been ruled out of the Australian Conference blockbuster, with Ross Haylett-Petty getting the nod in the second row alongside Matt Philip.Outside of the forced change, coach Dave Wessels has stuck solid with the starting XV that has claimed convincing wins through the opening fortnight.There is some movement on the bench, though, with Marika Koroibete and Richard Hardwick making their returns from injury.Ben Daley has also been named on the pine.”Unfortunately for Adam with the travel and a six-day turnaround that he hasn’t pulled up from a knock against the Sunwolves in time for Friday night but it’s exciting to welcome back Marika, Dickie (Richard) and Ben,” Wessels said.”Ross also thoroughly deserves his chance to start – he works incredibly hard around the field for such a big man and brings some real intensity in the contact areas.”
Mate Ma’a Tonga will take on the Kangaroos at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on October 20th, almost 11 months after a sold out crowd watched the Kingdom pipped by England at the same venue in the World Cup semifinals.Tonga coach Kristian Woolf and Australia’s Mal Meninga have both been supportive of the fixture but confirmation was delayed after New Zealand Rugby League officials expressed concerns the test could overshadow or affect ticket sales for the Kiwis vs Kangaroos clash at the same venue a week earlier.Initial plans to host the match in New York also fell through.However, following talks with the NRL, an agreement was reached.It’s understood Australian players have agreed to a one-off pay cut to ensure the match goes ahead.
Meeting following the conclusion of the OCA General Assembly the delegates of 17 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Associate Members of Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) unanimously agreed that competiting at the 5th AIMAG is a step in the right direction for the region.French Polynesia (Tahiti) representative Tauhiti Danilo Nena says this is the best thing to happen for his country since they are only associate members of ONOC and unable to participate in the Olympic Games.Their only major regional Games is the Pacific Games.Niue delegate Maru Talagi says coming to Turkmenistan is an eye-opener and definitely they would want to be here in two years time.The delegates from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Marshalls, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu praised ONOC President Dr Robin Mitchell and Secretary General Ricardo Blas for making the connections with OCA and the Turkmenistan NOC.The Oceania delegates return home on Friday.
WKF World secretary general and Oceania president Robert Wilesmith has invited kickboxers in all provinces across PNG and surrounding Oceania countries.Wilesmith invited kickboxers to get registered and join the WKF to get global exposure by getting their names in the WKF World Rankings.“By being registered under WKF, all the global Promoters around the world will see who the PNG fighters are as Promoters cannot guess who is in PNG.“The PNGKBA cannot create a pathway for PNG fighters to fight for World Titles unlike the WKF,” he said.Wilesmith added that the fighters need to enter the International WKF Rankings, and also compete at the WKF Amateur World Championships in Andria Italy on November 14-19, 2016.Anyone that wishes to register as a fighter, an official, a promoter or a trainer can contact the WKF Australia Oceania head office president Robert Wilesmith on email: email@example.com
Describing it as a major blow to the organizing committee on the ground, who have spent sleepless nights preparing for the event.President of the Bougainville Football Federation Justine Helele told PNG Loop in Buka that he only learnt of the change of venue by reading it in the Post Courier.“According to our NGI Presidents meeting in Goroka, Buka was chosen and we were all preparing and looking forward to the event but then without notice it changed.” Helele said.“We have now missed out on a lot of opportunities for Bougainville soccer, first of all we were never notified of the change of venue, and now all teams participating will miss out on the 20 percent discount offered by Chebu shipping.” he said.“Road construction company Raibro currently sealing the second phase of the Buka ring road have pledged sponsorship and were waiting to announce it during the Besta cup when it will be held here, in Buka,” he said.The member for Haku Constituency in the ABG Robert Tulsa had taken the initiative to head the organizing committee and it has also been a major blow for him too.
Isco has been reborn in this 2020, after a 2018-19 course to forget in which his personal confrontation with Solari led him to practically disappear from the starting eleven of Real Madrid. The return of Zidane predicted good things for Malaga, as the French coach has always shown his predilection for the game of the midfielder, but the beginnings were hard and generated doubts that in the last weeks have dissipated: Isco has been holder in four of the last five days of LaLiga, playing 271 league minutes in 2020, 60.2% of the possible. A dynamic that is dragged from the end of 2019: Isco started in Mestalla against Valencia (1-1) and at Camp Nou against Barcelona (0-0). In the first match of 2020, in Getafe, he returned to be part of the eleven (0-3), a situation that continued in the Spanish Super Cup played in Saudi Arabia: holder in the semifinals against Valencia (1-3) and in the final against Atlético (0-0, 4-1 in the penalty shootout for Madrid). Zidane has interspersed certain breaks to preserve his physique, as well as to give opportunities to other team media; thus he did not play a minute against Athletic and against Sevilla, both matches at home. But in the league derby against Atleti he was once again one of the eleven elected, although he stayed in the locker room at rest. And it is that Zidane has shown that he trusts Isco as one of his pillars for the great parties, although not as to end the matches: It has been replaced 12 times this season, more than any other player in the white squad. The following, with nine substitutions, are Benzema and Fede Valverde. That confidence of Zidane in the malagueño hatched in El Sadar, where Isco probably made his best game of the season, marking the equalizer for Madrid (he would finish 1-4) and shining in the middle with Modric, another who started the season with doubts about how relevant his role was going to be. It is now up to Isco to make its figures more forceful: He has only scored two goals so far in 1,068 minutes; the Andalusian continues to climb positions and It is already the 13th in the list of minutes played in Madrid this course.The European Championship, the main objectiveIn Isco’s mind it is recorded to return to the Spanish National Team, with which he has not been since June 2019. His physical problems at the beginning of the season and the difficulties to enter the rhythm of the white team left him out of Gerard’s calls. Moreno in September, October and November. But fortune has smiled at Isco, as Luis Enrique has returned to the position of coach and the Spaniard has always shown his taste for the Andalusian: with him he played three of Spain’s four games in the Nations League and the duel he did not play was because he was recovering from appendicitis. The following list of the National Team, at the end of March, will clear up doubts about whether Isco returns with La Roja, With a very clear horizon: the 2020 Eurocup.