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3 stats from Real Madrid 2-0 Granada

Rodrygo’s fine form continued

Real Madrid CF v Granada CF - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Real Madrid secured a second win at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in four days as they beat Granada 2-0 in LALIGA action on Saturday evening.

The win came courtesy of goals from Brahim Díaz and Rodrygo Goes, both of whom struck inside the box to finish smart team moves on 26 and 57 minutes to make it a comfortable victory for the home side.

These three stats help to tell the tale of the game.

60: Rodrygo’s minutes per goal over the last 5 games

It’s no surprise to anyone that Rodrygo is in magnificent form. By scoring against Granada, he made it seven goals and four assists in his last five games. This time, he did so by converting a shot worth 0.2 xG at the far post to convert as Andre Ferreira deflected Jude Bellingham’s shot away.

It also means that he is now at six goals in LaLiga this season from 6.11 xG, slowly recovering and making up for the poor numbers he recorded earlier on in the campaign. Over the last five games, he’s averaged a goal every 60 minutes, and is by far Real Madrid’s most in-form forward. With no Vinícius Júnior and with Jude Bellingham playing through the pain, he’s stepping up with Joselu out of form.

What we can’t forget is that it comes off the back of his previous run of one goal in 14 games. It was a goal drought which had some Madridistas questioning whether Rodrygo was up to the standards demanded of a Real Madrid forward. Fast forward to now, after an impressive last month, he’s carrying the team.

87: Minutes before Granada registered a shot

Andriy Lunin was the man given the nod to start between the sticks ahead of Kepa as he returns to fitness, but in the end, Real Madrid could have played without anyone in goal. That’s because Granada didn’t register a single attempt until the 87th minute, and their two efforts, on 87 and 89 minutes, with the latter coming from their own half, both almost hitting the corner flags.

This was in part down to a strong defensive display from Real Madrid. David Alaba in particular stood out, winning every aerial duel he was involved in. Equally, Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal both recorded 100% pass completion, showing their ability to take the ball out from the back and down the flanks without any issues. In fact, the total pass completion rate for Real Madrid defenders was 96.2%.

But, equally, it was down to Granada’s lack of threat. Lucas Boyé has troubled Real Madrid in the past while with Elche, and he put up a physical fight, winning all six of his duels and putting Antonio Rüdiger to the test. However, he was on his own much of the time, isolated from a Granada side who were reluctant to commit men to the attack.

Antonio Puertas had the team’s first shot, from 12 yards out and firing to the corner flag, and Gerard Gumbau then attempted one from 55 yards out which didn’t go close to troubling the Ukrainian goalkeeper.

15: Consecutive wins against Granada, the second longest run against any team

Victory against Granada may have been expected on Saturday evening, but this was a landmark one as it made it 15 wins in a row for Real Madrid up against the Andalusian side in red and white. That’s a record better than against any other team at present.

It’s a streak which dates back to February 2013, when Cristiano Ronaldo scored an own goal in a 1-0 defeat at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes. Since then, 15 wins have produced a return of 60 goals scored and nine goals conceded. The highlight is the April 2015 win at the Bernabéu which ended 9-1, including five goals in revenge for CR7.

The only run longer than this one was against Rayo Vallecano, which extended to 17 matches between December 2000 and December 2018. Real Madrid may extend the record against Granada when the teams meet in May, but if Granada continue their current form they will almost certainly face relegation and Los Blancos will have to wait before they can equal this record to their run against Rayo.

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