Celta de Vigo – Real Madrid: Solari’s Run Continues With Hectic Victory Over Ultra-Physical Celta (2-4)
Celta de Vigo came out to play with one mission in mind – injure as many Real Madrid players as possible. Suffice to say, they succeeded, as Casemiro, Nacho, and Reguilón were all forced to come off hurt, making Madrid’s chaotic, hard-fought victory a pyrrhic one.
Though Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari has not had much time to impart his style on his team, some slight differences can be noted compared to how the team played and lined up under former boss Julen Lopetegui. One of those changes has come with the selection of the starting eleven – young fullbacks Sergio Reguilón and Álvaro Odriozola have been trusted to perform in Marcelo’s and Daniel Carvajal’s stead.
Solari, beginning with the last game against Viktoria Plzeň, has also experimented by playing Gareth Bale on the left-wing and Lucas Vázquez on the right, something that continued against Celta de Vigo. In fact, Solari’s only change from that Champions League night was to bench Ceballos for Luka Modrić.
While these lineup selections have played at least some part in Madrid’s turn of form over the last three games, Celta de Vigo, by contrast, have seen very little fortune come their way. Up until this point, manager Antonio Mohamed had only managed a single victory in his last nine games and had presided over an extremely leaky defense.
Desperate for a win, Mohamed approached the encounter against Real Madrid in his usual 4-4-2 formation. Technician Iago Aspas was paired with Maximiliano Gómez, ahead of the exact same midfield and defense that started against Real Betis.
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