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Open Thread: December 21, 2020.

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Another issue of the Daily Merengue!

SD Eibar v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Hola Madridistas!

The Open Thread/Daily Merengue is a place where you can discuss anything and everything related to football. Feel free to discuss the topics presented here, or start your very own discussions! The Open thread will be posted every day by one of the mods: Valyrian Steel, Felipejack, YoSnail or Oscnar.

An Enjoyable Victory Over Eibar!

Playing at home, Eibar brought their signature style of a high energy press that extended well into Los Blancos’ defensive third. They made themselves difficult to play against, despite not being the most talented attacking team in the league (in fact, they are one from the bottom with eleven goals). It required a skillful, coordinated team effort from Real Madrid, particularly from Carvajal, Modric, Benzema and Kroos, to break down Los Armeros for a 3-1 win. This is Los Blancos fourth La Liga win in a row!

The passing and vision involving Kroos, Modric, Rodrygo and Benzema on the first goal was the sort of football we love and expect from Real Madrid: https://www.beinsports.com/us/laliga/video/benzema-goal-puts-real-madrid-in-front-at-ipu/1605319

Dani Carvajal was asked questions about how the match went:

Upcoming Schedule

Real Madrid have yet another mid-week game, this time Wednesday at 18:45 CET / 2:45 EST against Granada at the home turf of the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.

At Look at Granada

On the last occasion the two teams met, Real Madrid took a 2-0 lead in the first half, but then struggled mightily in the second to put Granada away. Here was Kiyan’s immediate reaction: https://www.managingmadrid.com/2020/7/13/21323350/immediate-reaction-granada-1-2-real-madrid

At this point in the season Granada have found themselves relatively unscathed apart from a 6-1 shellacking by Atleti and a defeat last weekend to Real Sociedad after a request for postponement was denied. After defeating Real Betis this Sunday 2-0, they have risen up to 6th place, level on points with Barcelona. We have seen them play a 4-2-3-1 with Roberto Soldado sitting up front as the lone striker and Jorge Molina in the playmaking role. Though at times their formation will switch into flat 4-4-2 if they are forced to concede the majority of possession, which is likely to be the case against Real Madrid.