With Real Madrid and Girona closely positioned in the La Liga points table, onlookers naturally braced themselves for an intense showdown. Yet, the outcome defied these expectations entirely.
Indeed, Real Madrid’s performance was simply a cut above as they ran riot against Girona to cement their status as league leaders.
Vinicius opened the floodgates in merely the sixth minute, with Jude Bellingham later accompanying him on the scoresheet with a brace and Fede Valverde joining the party, too.
Real Madrid were repaid for their dominance with a 4-0 thrashing, but they were inches away from securing an infamous ‘manita’ as Joselu ended up striking the woodwork from the spot in the dying embers of the game.
Tchouameni had other ideas
As per Jorge C Picon (h/t Madrid Xtra) Aurilien Tchouameni approached Joselu yesterday to see if he could give the penalty to Arda Guler; however, he received no response.
With the game done and dusted, the French midfielder was hoping that Guler would be allowed to score his first goal for the Merengues, especially considering the Turkish sensation has been riddled with injuries thus far.
As is a striker’s predatory instinct, though, giving away a clear goalscoring opportunity is not customary practice. And Joselu ended up denying the youngster’s request by taking the penalty, which fatefully hit the left post.
Had Arda Guler stepped up to take the shot, perhaps the outcome could have presumably been different.
However, Carlo Ancelotti and the coaching staff have identified a clear hierarchy with the penalty takers, which would be undermined if Guler was given the ball.
In addition, Joselu, as the club’s only natural striker, understandably ranks higher among the penalty-takers.
Despite missing the shot, Guler harbored no bad blood and went up to hug Joselu, with the pair demonstrating the team’s incredible camaraderie.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.