The match was just 10 minutes old. Ferland Mendy burst into the box like Roberto Carlos and fired high past Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva from a tight angle. It was a marvelous goal and Mendy became the 21st Real Madrid player to score in LaLiga this season. That goal was enough to instill the momentum withing the Royal Whites as five minutes later, Isco’s backheel released Luka Modric, who played in Benzema for a curled finish.

Granada has been one of the giant killers this season and it would not have been surprising if they halted Real, but keeping in mind their giant-killing-habit, Real Madrid did not wait too long and gained the upper hand as soon as the match started. Granada pulled one back, but Zidane did not go for adventure and sat back to bag full points.

Real are just one match away from the coveted 34th LaLiga title.

Zidane started any pure wingers.

The scheme of five central midfielders suffocated Valencia with possession and counter-pressing, but it suffered against a more aggressive defensive team in Atletico Madrid.

Granada defended well to start, doing well to cut off passing lanes in a medium block – it lasted for a short period as Mendy and Benzema laid it to rest.

Isco, Modric, Kroos, Casemiro, and Valverde played narrow defensively (which had its pros and cons, making for a disjointed press but good transition offense), and all five midfielders — in conjunction to Karim Benzema dropping deep — were able to keep tidy possession.

The defence looked a bit shaky in the second, but still did not let any damage to happen.


Zinedine Zidane remains unbeaten and he is ready to relish the moment of glory.

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