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La Liga 2016/17, Granada 0-4 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points

Sumedh Pande
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 10:40 IST

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Real Madrid went level on points with Barcelona at the top of the La Liga with an easy 4-0 win over already relegated Granada. Los Blancos rested the majority of their first team squad as Zinedine Zidane decided to leave his star men at home and gambled on his second string side to do the job in the away game. 

James Rodriguez took the game away from the hosts in just 11 minutes as he scored in what might be his easiest brace in his career. Then in the space of five minutes, Alvaro Morata showed his ability to score two goals in a hurry. Real Madrid now need just seven points from their remaining three games in their bid to win the title for the first time in six years. They are also in line to clinch a league and a Champions League double for the first time in 59 years. 

Without further ado, let's take a look at the five major talking points from the game that solidified Real Madrid's chances of wearing the Spanish crown:

#1 Alvaro Morata deserves a place in the starting eleven

GRANADA, SPAIN - MAY 06:  Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring the second goal during the La Liga match between Granada CF v Real Madrid CF at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on May 6, 2017 in Granada, Spain.  (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)
Morata has often been overlooked this season

Whenever he has been given the opportunity, Morata has impressed with his knack for scoring goals at crucial junctures. In the last four starts given to him, Morata has scored seven goals yet finds himself on the fringes in the big games. He did not feature in the first leg against Atletico Madrid and also did not have anything to do in the famous win over Bayern Munich over two legs. 

Against Granada, Morata looked hungrier than ever for his goals as he scored two in quick succession to take the game away from the hosts in the first half itself. Zidane's preference of Karim Benzema over Alvaro Morata is well known but the manager must decide on merit ahead of the next few important game weeks for the Los Blancos.

Morata's former teammate Gianluigi Buffon recently showered him with praises when he said that had the striker stayed with the Bianconeri, he would have been the club's best player till now. Morata is truly too good a player to be used as the second choice striker at any club. 

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