Carlo Ancelotti faces the game against Granada with a team marked by casualties (Benzema, Vinicius, Mendy, Lucas Vzquez, Casemiro and Mariano) and with an eleven in which Eden Hazard does not appear again.
He is once again a starter, which has not happened in LaLiga since the derby (December 12). Constant look at the rival field. Explosive arrival after half an hour that only the crossbar prevents it from being an own goal. He has no help when it comes to defending and suffers.
It was the best in San Mams. He becomes the outfield player with the most matches so far this season: 32. He takes a painful blow to the head with the heel of Luis Surez’s boot.
He returns to the axis of defense after playing in Bilbao on the left-hand side. It soon becomes clear to him that he cannot take his eyes off Marcelo’s area.
First start so far in the League at home. The first from Granada comes behind him. With all his limitations, when he appears in attack he does different things and generates imbalance.
Take the axis of the team before Casemiro’s loss. Bulk error just starting the game.
It comes from one of its grayer versions. Try to get the game into the rhythm. Poisoned shot in minute 32, a beautiful shot that no one imagined. He is saved from yellow on the brink of rest.
Like Kroos, in San Mams he lived surpassed. The first of Madrid is born from his boots.
Part of the right when Vinicius is not there. His is the first shot of Madrid. Good shoe in 42.
It is the false 9 chosen by Ancelotti, who already finished off the malagueo in that position in Elche and San Mams. It must be remembered that this position was normal for him in the Valencia youth team. His first appearance is an aerial ball in the Granada area. Good drop to Asensio in the 13th minute to generate Madrid’s first scoring chance. Active boot.
He keeps his position. The first two one-on-one actions are yours. But the passing of the minutes does not add to its start.
He maintains his message: there is no starting space for Hazard, Bale and Jovic. Granada starts the match sending messages of challenge. It costs his team to generate clear situations in attack. The Bernabu is not for jokes. whistles. Madrid’s first half leaves hardly any positive messages.