Real Madrid were able to get all three points on the night as they were able to beat Granada with a narrow 1-0 victory through a Karim Benzema goal.

Starting Lineup:

Carlo Ancelotti yet again decided to start with Diego Lopez in goal as Iker Casillas had to look on from the bench, while Alvaro Arbeloa started the game at right-back. The starting lineup consisted of:

Diego Lopez, Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos [C], Marcelo, Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil, Isco, Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema.

Scorers:

Granada –

Real Madrid –
Karim Benzema (10′)

New Tactics?

Real Madrid are used to being seen with a strong holding defensive midfielder whether it was Xabi Alonso or Sami Khedira but tonight Carlo Ancelotti decided to take a different route as not one of the players with considered defensive in the midfield. The center consisted of Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Angel Di Maria as there was a certain attacking tactic put to the test. With all of that though, the worrying part is that Los Merengues were not able to score more than once, let alone the fact that they did not have many shots on goal. This is a tactic that could possibly work but simply needs time for the players to get used to it.

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Cristiano Ronaldo:

Personally, I’m not used to seeing this side of Cristiano Ronaldo; the one where the dependence of the team does not rest on his shoulders. With Jose Mourinho, it seemed as though everything was dependent on him, like he was the variable that decides whether or not Real Madrid would win a game. This season though, it seems like Ancelotti was able to find a way around all of this to avoid any trouble if the Portuguese misses any matches due to whatever reason. It is a great change and one that could possibly benefit us as time goes on.

Improvement Still Needed:

During the first 20 minutes or so, Real Madrid were dominating the game as they just got the opening goal and were working towards scoring a second. As time wore on, things slowed down and Granada were able to find their way back into the game as opportunities were there for the taking. Also, passes went astray at times while the team don’t look as though they have been able to fully work together yet. Hopefully this is something that could change soon though.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Diego Lopez – 8/10
Alvaro Arbeloa – 7/10
Pepe – 7.5/10
Sergio Ramos – 8/10
Marcelo – 6.5/10
Luka Modric – 7/10
Mesut Ozil – 6.5/10
Isco – 8.5/10
Angel Di Maria – 7.5/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 7/10
Karim Benzema – 7/10

Nacho – 6.5/10
Carlos Casemiro – 6.5/10
Dani Carvajal – N/A

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