A questioned Madrid receives Granada without the goals of Benzema and Vinícius

February 5, 2022

  • “Criticism is welcome, it keeps me awake”, argues Ancelotti after the defeat at San Mamés

  • Latasa, a 1.91-metre-tall striker for Castilla, enters the white squad, in which Benzema, Vinícius, Mariano and Mendy are absent

Neither the rival nor the scenario would suggest that the day is especially dangerous for the Real Madrid. But the significant casualties of the leader, last punctures in the League, the proximity of a reinforced Seville and, above all, the doubts after the elimination in the Cup against Athletic, give Granada’s visit to the Bernabéu this Sunday (9:00 p.m. Movistar LaLiga) an aroma of threat that keeps the eyebrows of Carlo Ancelotti, signaled after the defeat of San Mamés.

The Madrid he has left five of the last nine points in the League (three against Getafe and two against Elche) and faces Granada’s test without their leading scorers: Benzema (injured) and Vinícius (sanctioned). The French and the Brazilian add up to more than half of the goals (29 of 47) of a team that suffers against small rivals And you can’t count on him either. injured Mendy. A minor drop? The three white defeats of the course came without the side.

“Good staff management”

Ancelotti left San Mamés touched, highly questioned for lining up the recently landed Brazilian internationals and for waiting so long to make changes that Berenguer disrupted them with a blow. “You can comment on the presence of Vinícius, there is little to say about the rest. I put in Casemiro and Rodrygo who had not played,” he defended himself this Saturday.

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The technician, who summoned the Castilla striker Juan Miguel Latasa (1.91 meters)avoided talking about Bale’s laughs seeing heat for nothing Hazard (who could be the starter today) and believes that in a few days, with the return of Benzema and Mendy, the january cost, which was already complicated.

“It is true that we have played with the same players many times, and there are some who have not done so when they have been prepared. But it’s a good staff management. Every day I see the players and I make decisions”, argued ‘Carletto’, who pulled out all the stops to settle a difficult week: “I am so eager and excited to be a Real Madrid coach that criticism is welcome. keeps me awake. It makes me think more and I appreciate being criticized. Thank you very much,” he said.