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Granada 1: 4 Real Madrid: Ancelotti are happy about Los Blancos’ excesses

Real Madrid turned up the style in their 4-1 win in Granada, which showed Carlo Ancelotti’s side at their most vivacious.

It took them to the top of the LaLiga, if only for a few hours, while Real Sociedad played later on Sunday, with Marco Asensio, Nacho, Vinicius Junior and Ferland Mendy all at the finish.

Carlo Ancelotti inherited a team that lost to city rivals Atletico in last season’s title fight, but all evidence at the Nuevo Los Carmenes suggested that Madrid incarnation would be difficult to stop.

Granada received the red card for Monchu in the middle of the second half, but Madrid were already 3-1 ahead and were pushing for more at that point.

Tricked by a clever pass from Toni Kroos in the right inner channel, Asensio scored in the 19th minute with his fourth LaLiga goal of the season, the shot in the lower left corner.

The score was 2-0 in the 25th minute when Kroos and Luka Modric played a neat one-two from a corner, which resulted in Kroos flanking Nacho at the near post from the left and goalkeeper Luis Maximiano through the underside of the crossbar.

Asensio cleared an Alberto Soro shot off the line brilliantly and Karim Benzema threatened, but Granada hit back when Luis Suarez deflected a violent 25-yard shot from Nacho and whistled past Thibaut Courtois’ wrong foot.

The second half got off to a hectic start before Madrid brought daylight back between the teams in the 56th minute. Vinicius put the finishing touches on a quick counterattack after Benzema carried the ball and fed Modric, who selflessly faced his young teammate.

Vinicius began to enjoy himself and a brisk attack from the Brazilian striker was only halted by a ferocious challenge from Monchu, earning the Granada man a direct red card from Juan Martinez Munuera. A member of the home team’s coaching staff was also shown in red over protests before Mendy added fourth place for Madrid in the 76th minute as Granada lost focus.

What does it mean? Powerful Madrid, but familiar feeling for Granada

Granada have now lost their last 13 La Liga games to Madrid, the longest streak of losses to any given opponent in the competition, with Madrid scoring 44 goals in that order. Madrid’s focus remained loyal to the final whistle, Courtois parried an enormous fingertip late.

Kroos control

Kroos didn’t have an assist to his name prior to that LaLiga game this season after missing the first few weeks of the season with a groin problem and taking the time to reintegrate. He opened his assists account here in his sixth LaLiga game of the campaign in 2021-22 with two in the first half hour. The first of these was his 50th assist for Madrid in LaLiga. He achieved a total of four team-high chances here, the German maestro returned to his best form.

Vinicius reaches new heights

In an insightful campaign, Vinicius is now the first La Liga player born in 2000 to score at least 10 goals in a single season in all competitions. The 21-year-old is developing into what Madrid had hoped for when they struck a deal in 2017 to take him over from Flamengo.

What’s next?

Real Madrid will travel to the Champions League against the Sheriff on Wednesday before they will face Sevilla in a major LaLiga clash at the Santiago Bernabeu next Sunday. Granada face Athletic Bilbao on Friday.

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