WRITTEN BY SIMON HARRISON PRODUCED BY TIFO STUDIOS

From Spain U21 to preparing for the biggest international tournament in world football, Lopetegui and Isco have maintained a great relationship and a trusting bond in one another. Lopetegui will know that he is in the most demanding job of his career, and potentially a little bit out of his depth for now, but having a core of players that know how he works and defended him amidst controversy will help matters along. Isco’s free role will be vital in deciding tight games, and after all that Lopetegui has done during his impressive career to date, it is time for that faith to be repaid in full.

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