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Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid: Match Review



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The international break could not come at a better time for Real Madrid. The 4-0 hammering against Barcelona was a game that needed much introspection, and the break gave the manager the time he needed.

The first game after the hiatus was set against Celta Vigo at Balaidos, a clash most teams fear.

Carlo Ancelotti had both Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy available on the night. The French duo slotted directly into the lineup, with Lucas Vasquez for Dani Carvajal and Marco Asensio for Rodrygo being the other changes.

The game began with a tempo in the host’s favour. Denis Suarez had the first big chance of the game in the 13th minute, but his powerful strike was saved by Courtois.

In the 18th minute, Real Madrid were awarded a penalty as Nolito rashly took down Militao in the area. Karim Benzema stepped up to take the spot-kick and put it beyond Dituro’s reach.

In the 39th minute, Celta Vigo seemed to have found their equaliser. A towering header from Galhardo struck the post before rolling into the back of the net. However, a sudden VAR decision ruled Aspas as ‘obstructing the play’ and ruled out the goal.

If the first half had not seen enough drama, the second half brought with it more. Seven minutes into the second period, Celta Vigo equalised via Nolito. A well-timed cross from Galan found the forward inside the box and ensured that the hosts were back on level terms.

The 63rd minute saw Los Blancos won their second spot-kick of the game. Murillo brought down the substitute Rodrygo inside the area, giving Karim Benzema the chance to complete his brace. The Frenchman struck the penalty firmly, but a low dive from Dituro denied the La Liga top scorer.

Unbelievable scenes followed as Real Madrid were given a third penalty just minutes later. The decision was controversial as Ferland Mendy went down tamely. Yet, the referee deemed it enough to be penalized. Benzema found the back of the net, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Ancelotti’s side began to defend deep after securing their lead. All players played a defensive game to deny the Galicians a second equaliser. Celta Vigo could not find a way back into the game, and it ended 2-1 in Los Blancos’ favour.

With this win, Real Madrid move 15 points clear of third-placed Barcelona and 12 points ahead of Sevilla.

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Three talking points ahead of Sevilla vs Real Madrid



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Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Real Valladolid was far from convincing. They may have been the more effective side, but the Merengues were far from being the better team against Andoni Iraola’s men.

Saturday brings with it the team’s penultimate game of the campaign as Real Madrid take on Sevilla. The Andalusian side have not been impressive in La Liga this season but have always been one to turn up against the big teams. Tomorrow’s game is expected to be no different.

Carlo Ancelotti is expected to make drastic changes ahead of kickoff, especially given the incomplete squad travelling for the game. Madrid Universal brings you three talking points ahead of Sevilla vs Real Madrid.

1. Final game on the road

The 2022-23 season has flown by in the blink of an eye. It may have been a rocky campaign and could have ended with better results, but there is a feeling that the squad has a lot to take away from the season as it is.

From the highs of completing a special Copa del Rey comeback win over Barcelona to the lows of losing three successive Clasicos, the men in white have seen it all. As the season now approaches the curtain-closing phase, Carlo Ancelotti and his men will be eager for a strong finish.

Sunday night will see the Merengues‘ final away game of the season as they travel to Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan to take on Sevilla. The 2021-22 champions have not had the best of seasons on the road in La Liga this season and a statement finish would go a long way in boosting the morale.

Sevilla have been far from their best this campaign domestically. Though they are well placed to taste glory in the UEFA Europa League once again, they languish in tenth place on the league standings with just 13 wins in 36 games.

Los Blancos boast a fine record at Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan and are unbeaten at the stadium in their last eight appearances. Their last defeat at the venue came back in 2018, and the objective tonight will be to extend the aforementioned streak.

2. Tchouameni’s point to prove

Point to prove. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

As much as Aurelien Tchouameni’s initial months at the club were called paradise, the Frenchman has not had life easy at Real Madrid in his first season.

The Frenchman initially stepped in as a more than able replacement for Casemiro in the middle of the park. His astute reading of the game and defensive awareness made him a monster in midfield and his position in the starting lineup appeared safe.

Tchouameni’s situation, however, took a steep turn after the FIFA World Cup. Coming back from a fatiguing World Cup and a minor niggle, the defensive midfielder no longer found his name on the starting lineup as he became second fiddle to Eduardo Camavinga.

The entry of Toni Kroos as an option for the pivot role further reduced the Frenchman’s involvement.

The youngster thus has a point to prove on Sunday night. He is expected to start at the Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan and will look to orchestrate the team’s play from deep in midfield whilst holding the fortress simultaneously. After all, it could be his final chance to prove his worth ahead of the new season.

3. Only three forwards

Real Madrid’s squad list only names three forwards making the trip to Seville to take on Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side – Rodrygo Goes, Eden Hazard, and Alvaro Rodriguez.

The manager does have a fourth option in Federico Valverde and could look to mix and match his options on the night. However, Carlo Ancelotti maintained a low profile on the starting lineup ahead of Sunday’s clash, especially when asked about Eden Hazard’s chances of participating.

Given that it is the team’s penultimate game of the season, Ancelotti could well look to start all three pure forwards on the night. After all, each has their own special reason to participate.

For Hazard, the game against Sevilla could well be his final away game in a Real Madrid shirt. The Belgian is reluctant to leave the club at the moment, but everything could change in June if he begins to attract interest.

In Alvaro Rodriguez’s case, tomorrow’s game presents itself as an audition to seal a place in next season’s dynamics. The youngster has impressed whenever given the chance so far and will look to keep his high level going.

Rodrygo Goes, arguably, needs the game the least of the three candidates. Yet, with Ancelotti publicly asking him to take more prominence, he has a point to prove.

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