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The start of the new season was definitely a mixed bag for the boys from the Spanish capital.
And even though we are only seven games in the ongoing La Liga campaign, Real Madrid have already faced a number of tough opponents.
In the domestic competition, they went through clashes with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, winning the former and drawing the latter, while they also faced off against Paris Saint-Germain in Europe, suffering a heavy defeat in the process.
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By all accounts, there have been some stern challenges thrown in front of them already but their weekend clash against Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu might still be the toughest one yet.
And sure, this does sound a bit weird considering we’re talking about a newly promoted team and especially when taking into consideration all the titans we’ve mentioned.
But Granada are a very capable team. After all, they’ve beaten Barcelona 2-0 at home and are currently sitting second in the standings, just one spot below Los Blancos themselves.
And this is before we add Real Madrid’s injury woes into the equation.
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As it currently stands and according to the latest reports, Zinedine Zidane won’t have a single left-back available for the Saturday’s clash with all three of Marcelo, Ferland Mendy and Nacho out with a fitness issue.
Needless to say, this might pose a huge selection problem for the Frenchman but it will also show us exactly where Real Madrid are as a team.
These kinds of games usually separate the best from the rest and if the Galacticos want to stay true to their name and retain their first spot in the table, winning despite obvious problems is a must.
For that reason, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the clash against Granada might be their toughest challenge yet, and overcoming it might prove a huge point to all of their critics out there.
Let’s see if they manage to do exactly that.