Already two plus seasons into the everlasting debate, James Rodriguez and Isco Alarcon have been splitting playing time throughout the 2016/17 campaign.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane aims to make both players feel important, hence he is heavily relying on left-footed Colombian in the Champions League, while regularly banking on the crafty ex-Malaga standout in LaLiga fixtures.
Ever since his key match-winning assist to Alvaro Morata against Sporting Portugal coming on as a substitute, Rodriguez was awarded the starting job versus Borussia Dortmund and Legia Warsaw.
Nevertheless, the ex-Monaco starlet has not enjoyed a single minute in five consecutive LaLiga matches, albeit a minor calf injury prevented him from participating against Eibar or Real Betis.
On the other side of the spectrum, Isco has yet to shine under the continental spotlight, as he was sidelined against Sporting and he never left the bench in the next two matches.
However, the 24-year-old took LaLiga by storm once he regained fitness following the early season injury.
In four straight starts, Isco has scored two goals and has given one assist.