Jorge Sampaoli believes that his team are well-prepared for tomorrow's return to competitive action.
Speaking at this afternoon's press conference on the eve of the Copa del Rey Second Round clash against Juventud de Torremolinos CF, the Argentine coach highlighted his players' hard work during the break for the FIFA World Cup.
"The players have worked very well during the break. Maybe we haven't had the ideal number of players because of the World Cup, but we've felt really good in the friendlies and I think we're coming into this match very well. Hopefully we can take a step forward in all aspects now that we've tried to become stronger."
"We're expecting a tough match, they'll be really up for it and it's at their stadium, which they know really well. They're going to try to make the most of everything they have against a top-flight team. We have to try to make our top-flight quality shine through, these matches are more even because they'll be really up for it."
"We think that we don't have a lot of important players to finish the year with more options, but it's what we've had to do and the group is doing very well at the moment."
"We're expecting a tough match, they'll be really up for it"
Sampaoli was then asked about the current Isco situation:
"To be honest, with regards to Isco, it's not a situation that I'm really involved in. My role as a coach is seeing who I have available and implement a system. Isco has real ability and has shown that throughout his career, but the decision about who comes in and who leaves isn't down to me, it's the club. I'll stick to those who are available and try to have them go into matches in the best possible way."