Real Madrid play on Sunday against a Granada in need of points. The whites arrive with some sensitive casualties and above all, with the need to rotate due to the load of minutes that most players carry, since these days they have gone with their respective teams to play the qualifying matches for the Qatar World Cup.
Ancelotti will not be able to count on Ceballos, who the injury has prevented him from making his debut this season, nor will he be able to count on Valverde and Bale, who returned injured from the squad with Wales, after forcing to play with the national team still recovering from the previous injury.
To these casualties we must add the doubts of Rodrygo who has some discomfort and that of Mariano, who suffers a nasal septum fracture, and whose pain could prevent him from playing. These casualties make Ancelotti have doubts when choosing an eleven, because the white team also has an important game next Wednesday against the Sheriff in the Champions League. The Italian coach will have to decide against whom to line up the most important players, against Granada or the Sheriff, or risk and line them up in both games.
The truth is that Real Madrid is in a very comfortable position in its Champions group, so the most sensible thing to do would be to bet on today’s match and go all out with the best pieces. Especially Benzema and Vinicius, who are on a roll, and their participation is being fundamental in the victories with goals and assists. Both players must start in Granada to win and not lose track of the La Liga leadership, let’s see what other players should be in the eleven.
T. Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, David Alaba, F. Mendy; Housemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Vinicius Jr. , Karim Benzema.