False 9 or what? Ancelotti explains why he started Isco ahead of Jovic against Granada

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False 9 or what? Ancelotti explains why he started Isco ahead of Jovic against Granada

There was a surprise start for Isco in Real Madrid's starting line-up against Granada on Sunday.

Many wondered whether Isco was being used as a false 9. And why Luka Jovic (a striker) was left on the bench.

Ancelotti replied after the game: "Jovic isn't 100% that's why I used Isco as a 9 - because he handles the ball well between the lines," Carlo Ancelotti said after the win against Granada.

Isco struggled in that position and barely had a sniff at goal.

This is the first time Real Madrid are playing with a false 9 this season.

Carlo would later say that "Jovic played well" after coming on.

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