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Open Thread: December 24, 2020.

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Another issue of the Daily Merengue!

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.

6th consecutive win for Los Blancos!

The game, as usual, was broken down in the 3 Answers and 3 Questions, Player Ratings and Immediate Reaction articles as well as the Managing Madrid podcast. Zidane stated that he didn’t want to bring Hazard on as it was a complicated game and he didn’t want to take any risks. The coach also hailed his players for overcoming a difficult Granada side who hadn’t conceded a goal in 4 previous matches. Marco Asensio was named the official MOTM.

Interestingly, Jorge Valdano commented about Zidane subbing in Isco, stating that it’s a message for the player to stay. Former Real Madrid player Mijatovic however said that he doesn’t see Isco doing something special when he comes off the bench.

Rodrygo injury update.

Cadena SER reported Rodrygo suffered a major muscle rupture and could be out for one month . According to Onda Cero, Rodrygo could be out for even longer. Marca didn’t make any prediction, just stating that the Brazilian will have wait for medical tests to find out how serious his injury is.

Benzema leads the Pichichi race along with Aspas and Moreno.

The French striker has been in fine form and now leads the Pichichi race with 8 goals, tied with Iago Aspas and Gerard Moreno. Its important to note however that all of Benzema’s goals have come from open play while the other two Spaniards have 3 and 4 penalties respectively. Benzema has scored 6 goals with his feet and 2 with headers.

Other results from La Liga and Europe.

Prior to Real Madrid’s win, Atletico and Barcelona also recorded wins over Real Sociedad (2-0) and Real Valladolid (3-0) respectively. Sevilla also overcame Valencia 1-0.

In the Serie A, Milan secured a last minute 3-2 win over Lazio courtesy of a Theo Hernandez winner. The former Madrid left back is proving invaluable this season to the Rossoneri who stay atop the standings. Just behind them are Inter who beat Hellas Verona 2-1. Juventus meanwhile slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Fiorentina with Franck Ribbery turning back the clock for the Viola.

In the EFL cup quarterfinals, Manchester United beat Everton 2-0, Spurs beat Stoke 3-1 with a certain Gareth Bale scoring and Manchester City trashed Arsenal 4-1.