The Madrid youth squad took over the lanes of the Los Cármenes stadium and the victory of Zinedine Zidane’s team against Granada began to take shape on the left side. Miguel Gutiérrez and Marvin Park, 19 and 20 years old respectively, were the resources of La Fábrica used by the French coach to make up for Marcelo’s casualties (“he did not travel because he had some discomfort,” the coach clarified) and Odriozola (who also arrived due to muscular overload) and, with uneven luck, they responded to the challenge with the league title at stake. “They have done very well. We played a very serious game. We entered very well and showed character ”, was the sober praise of Zidane. “We are going to continue giving everything. There are two days left and we are going to fight until the last minute. We’ll see how it ends ”, completed the technician.
Zidane congratulated himself for the staging, in which the homegrown players stood out. At 17 minutes, Miguel Gutiérrez, in his first game as a starter with Madrid (after making his debut in Cádiz on April 21), certified his projection with an outstanding attendance. The Castilla left-hander observed Modric’s unchecking and threw the ball with class and spoon for the Croatian to pocket the first goal of the match against Rui Silva. Then it was Marvin (who debuted in the eleven against Getafe in Valdebebas in February) who, on the brink of halftime, threw another good pass into space for Rodrygo to sentence Granada with his first goal of the championship. Two goals drawn by the two homegrown players. Youth overflow to stretch the Madrid tank in the sprint end of the championship. “The quarry is showing that it has talent and quality. They always help us ”, acknowledged Thibaut Courtois.
Miguel Gutiérrez completed an outstanding performance. Marvin, on the other hand, did not return in the resumption because he ended up touched the first half after a hard tackle by Machís between the calf and the heel. He was replaced by Odriozola, reserved for departure. The precedents were that Madrid had won their 11 previous games against Granada (with a balance of 36 goals in favor and five against) but, despite the statistics and the advantage, Zidane’s men did not save a few moments of nervousness after Jorge Molina’s goal in minute 71. Until, again arriving from the side, Odriozola definitively clinched the match. The closing was made by Benzema seconds later against one of his favorite rivals (11 goals in the last 12 games against Granada).
Despite the slack in the final score, Courtois focused on his analysis in the minutes of lack of control of his team. “The second part was not so good. We missed too many passes, but after 1-2 we found the goals. Still, we can’t lose so many balls in the final minutes. We can’t relax like this. It’s something we have to talk about ”, said the Madrid goalkeeper. The goal of the Nasrid team remained in the honor thanks to Courtois’ stops, but it went into the encyclopedia due to the age of the protagonist. Jorge Molina is the first player to mark Madrid and Barcelona in the league championship after turning 39. A tribute to the veteran to which Modric had already contributed with the opening goal of the match in Los Cármenes. The Croat, aged 35 years and 246 days, became the third oldest Madrid scorer in the League in the last 50 years after two illustrious: Amancio (36 years and 164 days) and Santillana (35 years and 273 days).
“Not everything is the goals,” Zidane resumed in his analysis of his team’s triumph at Los Cármenes. “With the 1-2 we did not lower the intensity and that allowed us to win well. We show the character we have ”, concluded the Madrid coach. Madrid, which has 39 points at home and another 39 at home, has only lost one game away from Valdebebas in this league (4-1 at Mestalla, on November 8). The Whites are the only team that has linked 13 starts without losing in this championship.