The Real Madrid plays this Sunday in Balaídos (19.45 hours) on the twelfth day of the Santander League with the aim of extending the good streak chained since Santiago Solari took over the bench, against a Celta that does not cross his best moment with a victory in the last eight days.
The Whites, who add two draws in Vigo in the last three visits, will try to continue gaining confidence and adding quality minutes in a test that will be the first entity for Solari. To date, the exams have been Melilla (2ºB), Valladolid at home and Viktoria Plzen in Champions, a team that barely put up resistance.
However the Real Madrid faces this Sunday a good test to keep coming back and rearming after the tumultuous start of the season with the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui. The new tenant seems to have calmed the mood based on good results, but above all, confidence in a template that has blessed the Argentine.
Solari will maintain the block that has allowed him to convince the most skeptical at the beginning. The former Castilla has made rotations without forgetting the relevance of heavyweights, but incorporating young talents as Vinicius and Odriozola, almost unpublished with Lopetegui in the position. Now, all this has changed at Real Madrid.
The current European champion does not win in the away league from the second day and accumulates three consecutive defeats away from the Bernabéu. A dynamic that hopes to reverse this Sunday with the absences of Varane, who has not been called with France for the next matches, nor Marcelo, Mariano and Carvajal, who must wait until the end of the month for his return.
They will return to the team Modric and Isco with the intention to dominate more to the rival, to accumulate more time the ball and to compromise the good pressure of the Celtic in the center of the field.
The Galicians do not live their best season. After 11 days they occupy the thirteenth position and their stadium is no longer what it was. In this season, Celta has achieved two wins at home – against Atletico and Eibar – but has offered doubts in the rest of the games. The olívico set, in spite of everything, is to only three points of the European zone.
Lobokta and Jenses, losses in Celta
For the clash, coach Antonio Mohamed can not count on Stanislav Lobotka, injured in the Copa match against Real Sociedad, and Mathias Jensen, who continues to suffer a fibrillar fracture and continues to recover. Yes that will be available Emre Mor, who had suffered a flu process during the week.
In addition, the Vigo box will not have the strength of his coach in the bench after the expulsion suffered last Monday against Betis. A match that demonstrated the ability of the celestes to react and their strength in the final meters, with well-known threats such as Iago Aspas, the Celtic flag, or the emerging Brais Méndez, recently called by Luis Enrique to play in the Spanish national team.
In short, a vital match for each other, but above all for the future of a Solari who has won at the pulse of losing the condition of "interim". This Sunday will have its first great wall to tear down and did not want to forget one of its great references, who is still claiming. "Bale must eat the stage every time he plays, "he said in the previous.
Celta de Vigo: Sergio Álvarez; Hugo Mallo, Roncaglia, Cabral, Juncà; Hjulsager, Okay Yokuslu, Fran Beltrán, Brais Méndez; Iago Aspas, Maxi Gómez.
Referee: Undiano Mallenco (C.Navarro).
Stadium: Abanca Balaídos.