Real Madrid recorded a comprehensive 4-1 win against Granada, the team with the worst defense in the league. Zinedine Zidane, the manager, had left out Marcelo for the game on Thursday.
There Are No Problems With Marcelo In Real Madrid
The win was marred by rumors that Marcelo, the Brazilian left-back, had gotten into an argument with the manager. However, Zidane denied the allegations after the match.
Ferland Mendy, the first-choice, was injured as well. With both absences, Miguel Gutierrez, 19, was handed his first appearance for the squad. The youngster made very good use of the opportunity as well. He had a major role in Real Madrid’s first goal of the day by Luke Modric.
Zidane later explained that the Brazilian was a little uncomfortable, and they did not want to risk injury. Goal.com had first reported about the possible altercation that did not see him selected. Marcelo, a veteran of the squad, is also a captain. However, this season, he had lost out to Mendy in the starting squad of Real Madrid. His fitness and form had been greatly criticized.
On Thursday, Marcelo, 33, had started when Real Madrid 2-2 with Sevilla. The result had greatly jeopardized their chances for the title. However, he was substituted in the 66th minute for Gutierrez. Zidane insisted the discomfort had persisted till Thursday.
Karim Benzema, Rodrygo Goes, and Alvaro Odriozola were also featured on the scoresheet in the Granada game. With the win, Madrid trails league leaders Atletico by 2 points. There are two games left for both sides to play.
Zidane said that his side will fight till the end. There are still two games remaining. He says they will try their best until the last second and see where it ends. On Sunday, his side will be visiting Athletic Bilbao for the next match. Atletico will face Osasuna on their home grounds.