Carlo Ancelotti hints at striking role for Isco

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says that Isco could start as a false nine in Tuesday's Copa del Rey quarter-final with Espanyol.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that Isco could start as a false nine in Tuesday's Copa del Rey quarter-final with Espanyol.

The Spanish international has struggled for regular football in the last couple of weeks due to Ancelotti's favoured 4-3-3 formation.

However, the Madrid manager has revealed that he is considering selecting Isco in place of Karim Benzema for the clash in Barcelona.

"This system gives us greater balance, with [Luka] Modric and [Angel] di María alongside Xabi Alonso," he told reporters at a press conference.

"Isco can play where Di María or Modric play, but he isn't as comfortable, and he can play as a false nine, as he did against Osasuna. Perhaps tomorrow he could play in Benzema's position."

Madrid could be without the injured Sergio Ramos for the cup match.

Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring for Real Madrid against Levante on October 5, 2013.
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