Actual Madrid moved one level clear on the prime of the La Liga desk on Saturday after their 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. It is a league lead that would final little greater than 12 hours, although, with Atletico Madrid (who’ve three video games in hand) travelling to Alaves on Sunday with visions of returning to Spanish soccer’s summit.
Sergio Ramos sat out the go to of Eduardo Coudet’s males with a reported abdomen sickness, however the hosts maintained their stout defensive type behind Raphael Varane and Nacho as Thibaut Courtois claimed his seventh clear sheet of the league season.
Following the match, Zinedine Zidane mentioned: “They’re probably the most in-form staff we have performed. We had difficulties, however we managed the sport. We pressed them excessive up, we did not let their good gamers play.
“We’re at all times higher once we go for the sport. We’ve got extra issues generally once we’re in our half. Our model is to go for the sport, and the urgent of the entrance three is essential.”
Madrid wanted simply six minutes to take the lead, however did so in a sequence of occasions that would have modified the complexion of the sport.
With Courtois overwhelmed by a chipped effort from Iago Aspas, Nacho cleared the goal-bound try off the road, beginning a speedy Madrid counterattack. The ball discovered its method to Marco Asensio on the left wing, from the place he stood up a cross to the far publish that was met by the top of Lucas Vazquez to open the scoring. It was the latter’s fifteenth La Liga objective with Los Blancos, and the previous’s fifteenth league help for the membership.
Celta thought that they had a route again into the competition within the twenty eighth minute when Renato Tapia‘s flick struck the arm of Ferland Mendy within the Madrid field, however when video replay confirmed that the left-back’s arm was tucked tightly towards his physique, the VAR denied the guests’ penalty appeals.
Madrid put the consequence past doubt within the 53rd minute, with Asensio and Vazquez once more combining for a objective, this time reversing roles — Asensio the objective scorer, Vazquez the supplier — after Luka Modric intercepted a unfastened move in midfield and sprung a devastating counter.
“We mentioned earlier than the sport that after slipping up towards Elche we wished to indicate our common aggression and win the ball again excessive up the pitch,” mentioned Vazquez.
“Proper now each sport is essential, we’re on an excellent run, we did not anticipate to attract the opposite day however the staff is in fine condition and if we preserve enjoying like this we’ll be combating for the whole lot.”
Actual Madrid are subsequent in motion on Jan. 9, once they go to Osasuna, whereas Celta Vigo go to Ibiza on Tuesday for the second spherical of the Copa del Rey.