A large part of the options to the title of the Real Madrid are placed up for grabs at Nuevo Los Cármenes before a grenade no pressure, persecuted Zidane for injuries in a black season, with only three defenses available of the first team and one of them ‘touched’, without margin of error after giving up two draws in the last three days.
Real Madrid falls apart at the end of the season. At the moment in which LaLiga Santander is decided after a long road. Debating in the prism with which to look at the same streak with two very different points of view. Fifteen days undefeated but only one win in the last three journeys. Two home draws, against Betis and Sevilla, which prevented him from making the leap to the leadership to depend on himself.
With Barcelona feeling its resignation to the title after drawing against Levante, the pulse is settled with Atlético de Madrid. The margin of error has been exhausted for the Madrid team that faces its visit to Granada with the obligation to win and prove the reasons that drive it as the second best visitor of the championship. His main problem comes in a defense in the box.
Without Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vázquez on the right side; Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in the center of the rear; Ferland Mendy and Marcelo on the left side. The casualties that do not stop in a year full of misfortunes, leave Zidane with only Militao and Nacho as healthy defenders. Álvaro Odriozola will force to be after finishing the duel against Sevilla with an overload. The youth squad Miguel Gutiérrez will have to occupy a lane.
And yet Zidane has in his hand to match his best streak without losing in the league as a Madrid coach. He is looking for his sixteenth consecutive match but he needs a win and for this his players must sharpen aim after the last meetings with many arrivals but a low percentage of success. Marco Asensio had it in the last appointment and it is shaping up novelty in an offensive trident that Eden Hazard can return to. After scoring the goal that prevented the goodbye in injury time against Sevilla, the Belgian plays the title with the Brazilian Vinicius, again in a pothole and without finding the solution to his problems in the definition of the plays.
Granada, already without European options, only aspires to be as high as possible in the standings after a campaign as brilliant as it was full of matches. Against Real Madrid he will play his 56th official match of the season and he faces it with a multitude of casualties. Its coach, Diego Martínez, sees possible the dream of repeating the seventh place last season by winning in the field of Barcelona (1-2), although those continental options have disappeared after falling in their last two games against Cádiz (0 -1) and Betis (2-1).
Diego Martínez will have to do, once again, juggling to make an initial eleven of guarantees since it could face the shock with up to a dozen casualties. Eight players will safely miss the game: the injured Jesús Vallejo, Carlos Neva, Luis Milla, Ángel Montoro, the Brazilian Robert Kenedy and the Colombian Neyder Lozano, the sanctioned Roberto Soldado and Víctor Díaz for being with coronavirus.
In addition, it is not at all clear the contest of the Venezuelan medium Yangel Herrera and the Portuguese central Domingos Duarte, two key players for the coach, who had to withdraw with physical problems from the last game against Betis. Everything indicates that they will return to eleven players such as the Cameroonian Yan Eteki or the Argentine Nehuén Pérez, while the foreseeable thing is that Aarón Escandell will remain under the sticks after his last good performances.
Given the numerous problems of personnel in the core, it would have been normal for Diego Martínez to bet on a behind of three defenders and two lanes, but it also has a low number of centers available, so both the starting eleven and the drawing to be used by Granada in the clash are unknown.
grenade: Aaron; Foulquier, Germán, Nehuén, Quini; Gonalons, Yan Eteki; Antonio Puertas, Fede Vico, Machís; and Luis Suárez.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Odriozola, Militao, Nacho, Miguel Gutiérrez; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Marco Asensio, Hazard and Benzema.
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Extremeño School)
Stadium: New Los Cármenes
Hour: 21.00 hours.
Posts: Granada (10th 45 points) and Real Madrid (3rd 75 points)
The key: The ability of both teams to cope with the fatigue and lack of troops they accumulate.
The data: Granada is the team that has conceded the most goals this season in the league (57) and Real Madrid the second that has conceded the least (26).
Germán Sánchez, Granada player: “We are very ambitious and we want to win the three remaining games”
Zidane: “Whatever happens we are going to try. We are going to give everything on the field to try to win the League.”
The environment: Attention at Granada is focused on whether or not Diego Martínez will continue as the team’s coach, something that the coach will decide in the coming weeks. In the same situation is Zidane, who does not clear the doubts about his intentions despite having a contract.