Since their defeat to Levante on January 30, Real Madrid have managed to go unbeaten in LaLiga Santander, registering 10 victories and five draws and securing 35 of a possible 45 points on the way.
On Thursday, Los Blancos will face Granada at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, where they need to grab all three points to stay alive in the title race after Atletico Madrid’s win over Real Sociedad on Wednesday night.
The Real Madrid players were frustrated with some of Juan Martinez Munuera’s refereeing decisions in their 2-2 draw with Sevilla at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano last weekend.
That draw meant that Los Blancos couldn’t overtake Atletico in the LaLiga Santander table, with the title no longer being in their hands.
Two injury-hit teams
Real Madrid have travelled to Granada without any of their first-choice defenders, as Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez, Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy and Raphael Varane all sidelined due to injuries. Zinedine Zidane has decided to leave Marcelo out too, but this is not because of an injury.
The Real Madrid boss will be forced to change his defence for the ninth time in a row, as he hasn’t managed to repeat the same players at the back since the Clasico victory against Barcelona on April 10.
No team has witnessed as many injuries this season as Los Blancos (57), but Granada follow suit with 48 injuries in total.
Roberto Soldado is suspended and Victor Diaz is ruled out due to COVID-19, while Angel Montoro, Yangel Herrera, Jesus Vallejo, Kenedy, Carlos Neva and Pere Milla are all sidelined due to injuries.
Granada‘s last defeat away at Real Betis has diluted their chances of clinching European qualification for next season, but Diego Martinez‘s men will compete with the same intensity they’ve demonstrated throughout the season.
After beating Barcelona at the Camp Nou, the Andalusian team will now face Real Madrid, who have defeated them 11 times in a row.
The last time Granada came out victorious against Los Blancos was in February 2013, thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo own goal.