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Real Madrid At Granada, La Liga 2012 Match Preview: 'Pasillo' and Rest Coming Up

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Real Madrid will play in Granada (21:00 CET), the first game after clinching la Liga title in San Mamés. The Andalusian team will honor the players by doing the classic 'pasillo' before the game kicks off. This is the second year in a row Real Madrid's roster receives this honor--Valencia did the same after the last Copa del Rey final in which Madrid beat Barcelona 0-1.

Mourinho has decided to make some changes, and Pepe, Ramos, Özil, Alonso and Arbeloa are expected to miss the game. Cristiano Ronaldo will be on the pitch as he is still in the running for his second consecutive Golden Boot with Real Madrid. Sahin, Granero, Kaká and Callejón might also get the chance to start.

It's always good to see a 'pasillo'. Real Madrid is usually able to play great games when their rivals honor them. They beat Valencia 3-6 in Mestalla last season and Barcelona 4-1 when Rijkaard's team was forced to make the 'pasillo' in Bernd Schuster's era.

But it could be a very different story today. Granada isn't a great team but they are fighting to maintain their position in la Liga's top division. The Andalusian team was promoted last year and has been struggling after a good start to the 11-12 campaign. With Madrid resting some key players and the team still celebrating the title, Granada hopes to get some points in tonight's clash.

But Real Madrid's reserves will surely try to win as well. Los blancos are still fighting to reach the 100-point mark in la Liga, which would be the highest scoring season ever. Nuri Sahin, Kaká, Raul Albiol, Hamit Altintop, Granero and so on will have their last chance to prove themselves as Real Madrid-quality players. Mourinho might even want to start reserve goalkeeper Antonio Adán, because the young player hasn't enjoyed many minutes during the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo will try to score from every angle as Barcelona's Lionel Messi still has a two-goal margin in la Liga's top scorers table. If the team still manages to reach the 100-point mark and Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Golden Boot, the season would finish on an even better note, but it is unlikely that the Portuguese player will score two or three more goals than Messi in these remaining games.

The coaching staff now has the chance to think about next year's reinforcements. Higuaín's brother said Pipa will stay with the team, but the Argentinian player still is one of PSG's targets, just like Kaká. The French team clearly has enough money to buy both players, but it's not clear whether Madrid will let Higuaín go or not.

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