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Zinedine Zidane took a chance with a rotated side but Real Madrid got the desired three points thanks almost single-handedly to the brilliant Isco.
"Isco played a great game and deserved to give the team the victory," coach says after late drama at Gijon.
A last-minute goal from Isco saw LaLiga leaders Real Madrid snatch a dramatic 3-2 win at relegation battlers Sporting Gijon.
Former Arsenal and England defender said he would "try some things in training to liven up the team," but what did he have in mind?
Ronaldo and Benzema will rest, while Bale has picked up an injury ahead of Real Madrid's visit to struggling, but motivated, Sporting Gijon.
Gestifute, founded by Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes, called the story reported by Der Spiegel "a piece of journalistic fiction."