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FC Granada 0-4 Real Madrid: Key significant features from the game.



The Los Blanco’s took on the relegated Granada side in one of the La Liga games of the weekend in order to keep pace with Barcelona in the title race away from home. It was a crucial match for the away side as they needed all three points to stand a chance of overturning Barcelona by virtue of their outstanding match.

This they did in style as they defeated Tony Adams relegated Granada side on the road. The win helped Real Madrid keep pace with the Catalan side that beat Villarreal 4-1 thanks to a brace from Lionel Messi.

With the visitors 0-4 convincing win over the host (Granada) we take some features into considerations.

Here are three significant points from the Granada 0-4 loss to Real Madrid.

Madrid’s Champions League preference


The Spanish giants needed no other information than what they did by resting players for their Champions League return leg against Athletico Madrid at the Vincente de Calderon Stadium. The Real Madrid team had to make 9 changes to the side that defeated City rivals Athletico 3-0 at the Bernabeu in the first leg of the Champions League.

This saw players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and even center forward Karim Benzema rested with Brazilian right back Danilo coming into the side after some spell on the Madrid bench.

Nevertheless Zidane’s team ran riot against the host as (James) Rodriguez and (Alvaro) Morata got on the score sheet to ensure that the star names rested over the weekend were not missed on the pitch.

The Underrated Bernabeu Hero

The Spanish giants are known in their history for producing (parading) top class players with huge pedigree in the modern game. Players like Ronaldo (Brazil), David Beckham, Roberto Carlos and Portuguese legend Luis Figo all graced the Bernabeu turf during the 2000s.

Presently the club still parades some top quality personnel’s like Marcelo, Skipper Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and the undisputable Cristiano Ronaldo coupled with the exit of star names like Mesut Ozil (to Arsenal)and Argentine forward Angel Di Maria( to Manchester United then),but it seems that one player is downplayed from the group.

This is no other one than James Rodriguez of all people. The Colombian star had enjoyed a superb season under the time of Carlo Ancelotti following his magnificent performance at the World Cup before making the move to the Bernabeu.

He is the star of his home nation alongside AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca, but at Madrid the creative talent is little regarded especially under the tutelage of French and Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane. The talented forward has responded mostly this season from the bench, proving his class for his manager to see like he did with a brace in the 0-4 win against Granada.

How long and adamant can his manager (Zidane)be as regards to his position at the club after series of top quality performance in the Madrid side to be nursing the need to sign Eden Hazard who is more like a bird not in hand at the moment.

More work for Tony Adams

The former Arsenal player who was part of Arsenal heydays in the late 90s and 2000s as they challenged United (Manchester) in the League tussle was appointed Granada Manager in order to save the bottom side from the relegation after Granada former boss was fired following series of poor performances in the League.

Adams was employed to steer Granada above the relegation zone but the former Arsenal star could not keep the side in the top flight as they were relegated last week just like Sunderland that is managed by former Everton boss David Moyes.

With the 0-4 demolition of Granada at home to the visiting Madrid side the Manager will have his work cut as he will be needing to reinvent and restrategize in the summer in order to bring back Granada to the top flight of Spanish football after next season.