He Real Madrid opens 2021 with obligations, with the need to win without Sergio Ramos to a Celta de Vigo thrown to prevent the Atlético de Madrid take one insurmountable advantage in the leadership, after an unexpected closing of the year that ended, with the draw in Elche, his streak of six consecutive victories.
The evil that Zinedine Zidane’s team suffers in this League He reappeared against smaller teams at the Martínez Valero stadium. The sixth setback in the league in 16 games, three draws and three defeats, came as soon as Real Madrid took their foot off the gas when they felt superior and with an advantage on the scoreboard.
The two points yielded at the close of 2020 leave him below Atlético de Madrid, two points behind that could be eight if Diego Simeone’s men win the two games they have to play. The distance would become relevant so that nothing other than winning the best Celta of the course, goes through the minds of Zidane’s players.
The time has come for Eden Hazard a step forward. 2021 should be his year with the continuous injuries buried. Real Madrid hopes so, with the hope that he will once again be the decisive player that Real Madrid signed. “We want it to be Hazard’s year,” Zidane acknowledged, who is expected to finally grant him ownership after reappearing the last minutes against Elche. He has not started a game since November 28, the date on which he suffered his last mishap in the form of a muscle injury.
The fluidity of the Madrid attack needs the best version of Hazard, whose return to the left wing will stop the Brazilian Vinicius again. Zidane must find space for him, who on the right cannot count on his compatriot Rodrygo, and in that third place on the trident he must choose between Lucas Vázquez, who has become a permanent fixture, Vini or Marco Asensio.
The small tweaks to the Madrid coach’s team will be expanded in defense with the unexpected loss of Sergio Ramos due to indisposition and where the Brazilian Marcelo leaves the left wing to Ferland Mendy after enjoying an opportunity after seven games without receiving a single minute. At the beginning of the season, a loss of the captain in the center of the defense would have meant minutes for the Brazilian Militao but today his lack of minutes (he has not played since October 31), puts Nacho Fernández ahead.
In the center of the field the Uruguayan aspires to enter from the beginning Fede Valverde but the level that Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are contributing plus the week of separation between games that they will have to recover, invite us to think about continuity.
Celta visit Valdebebas at his best of the season after signing a historic month of December with five wins and a draw between the League and the Cup, led by a star Iago Aspas, and with the Peruvian international Renato Tapia turned into one of the sensations of The league.
The Aspas productivity It has been on the rise with the arrival of Eduardo Coudet, and the Spanish international closed 2020 as the top scorer – nine goals in 16 games – and best assistant – six goal passes – of the championship. But this Celta has many other pillars, and in no way resembles that of Óscar García Junyent. Rubén Blanco has bolted his goal, with only three goals conceded in the last six league games and decisive performances such as the last game against him. Huesca.
Midfielder Denis Suarez He has recovered his best version away from the band, being the constructor of the offensive game in the midfield, where he feels supported by Tapia’s lung, which brings balance to a team that has notably improved its defensive performance with the Argentine coach.
Nolito seems to be living a second youth, while Brais Méndez and Santi Mina They have responded to Coudet’s confidence by multiplying their work, despite the fact that the forward, who returned to starting last Wednesday after overcoming his shoulder injury, continues to fight with the goal. All of them are indisputable in an eleven that is recited from memory, after the Mexican Néstor Araujo has established himself as a couple with Jeison Murillo in the center of the defensive axis, waiting to know if the recently signed Aarón Martín (Mainz 05) is able to discuss the ownership to the Uruguayan Lucas Olaza on the left side.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Lucas Vázquez, Hazard and Benzema.
Celtic: Rubén Blanco; Hugo Mallo, Araujo, Murillo, Olaza, Tapia; Brais Méndez, Denis Suárez, Nolito; Aspas and Santi Mina.
Referee: From Burgos Bengoetxea (Basque Committee).
Stadium: Alfredo di Stéfano.