But everything changed with the arrival of the Argentine coach. Isco had not started in any of the four previous meetings of the whites before arriving in Ipurua: He did not play a minute in the debut of Solari, against Melilla in the Cup. Then he was substitute against Valladolid, playing the last 34 minutes. In Plzen, before the Viktoria, barely disputed 17. And in Vigo, probably because of Casemiro and Reguilon's injuries, he went blank. In the only tactical change, Modric's, Solari preferred Ceballos ahead of Malaga. And in Eibar, the meeting started again from the bench. And it exploded. According to several media reports, Arroyo de la Miel had a couple of frictions with the coaching staff, both with Solari and with his assistant Santi Sanchez.
With the blunt 3-0 on the scoreboard, Solari decided to make a change and put Isco in the field, something that did not feel good for Malaga. He played the last 27 minutes of the game. At the end of the meeting and inside the Eibarres stadium, the Argentine coach was shaking hands with all his players. According to some sources, the malagueno, angry, did not want to shake hands with the coach. In addition, he snapped: "Why do you take me 3-0?", Something that perplexed the coach. The cold War from Malaga continued to get on the bus back, where he had another exchange of words with Santiago Sanchez, Solari's assistant. In the following match, of Champions and against Roma in the Olympic, and where Madrid played much of their classification for the next round, Isco watched the game from the stands …
Since then, Madrid has played 53 games among all competitions. Isco has participated in 24 (45.28%), being holder in eight… But the most alarming fact is that of those matches he only played three complete games: against Melilla in the Cup (6-1), against CSKA in the Champions League (0-3, and his last game played in the Bernabeu) and against Getafe (0-0). An entire match does not end at the Bernabeu since the loss to the CSKA in the Champions League in December 2018 (0-3) … Almost a year later, Isco returns to the place where he began his fall.