Rodrygo continued his impressive goal-scoring streak, contributing to Real Madrid’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Granada on Saturday and propelling the team back to the top of La Liga.
Despite Girona briefly taking the lead with a 2-1 win over Valencia, Real Madrid reclaimed the top spot on goal difference during a serene evening in the capital.
Brahim Diaz initiated the scoring in the middle of the first half, and Rodrygo extended the lead after 57 minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Brazilian forward has now netted seven goals in his last five games across all competitions, proving instrumental in maintaining Madrid’s strong start to the season despite the absence of key players due to injuries, including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and winger Vinicius Junior.
Facing the challenge of Granada, currently 19th and battling against relegation, Real Madrid showcased their dominance despite the strategic defensive setup by the Andalucians, who opted for five at the back.
Coach Ancelotti commended Rodrygo’s return to peak performance, emphasizing his goal-scoring prowess. Additionally, he praised midfielder Toni Kroos, who played a pivotal role in setting up Diaz’s opener with a clever pass.
“He doesn’t give balls away, he always chooses the best option, he’s a midfielder who wants the ball,” Ancelotti noted. “He is not afraid, and he positions himself very well; it’s his biggest virtue, his control too… when he doesn’t play, he’s irreplaceable.”
Despite Granada’s defensive efforts, Real Madrid quickly assumed control of the game. In the 26th minute, Kroos’ excellent pass sent Diaz in on goal, and he calmly slotted home, securing Madrid’s lead.
Reflecting on the match, Diaz emphasized the team’s familiarity with their style of play, describing it as a nearly perfect game where they dominated and allowed few chances against them.
“We played the football that we know, it was a nearly perfect game, we dominated the match and they created very few chances against us,” Diaz stated. “We were very focused, and that’s the work of the whole team and the players, who are spectacular.”