Real Madrid continued its excellent form with interim manager Santiago Solari, who won a Celta Vigo 4-2 victory on Sunday.
Following Barcelona's 4-3 defeat to Real Betis this weekend, Real Madrid had an excellent opportunity to narrow the gap between league leaders. And they managed to make the most of this opportunity, ensuring a 4-2 victory over Celta Vigo, which was certainly a severe test for interim coach Santiago Solari.
European champions started a positive note, creating a series of opportunities, restraining Celta from making progress in its own defensive third. They executed a high press line with fullbacks before all the occasions, while Karim Benzema fired the first blood on the 23rd minute due to the excellent ball by Luka Modric.
Celta managed to respond quickly, hitting the bar once, but failed to break Real Madrid in the first half. And in the end, it was bad luck that Gustavo Cabral scored a goal to double the lead of Madrid in the 56th minute, although Betis pulled one back in the hour mark by Hugo Mallo.
The hosts seemed very dangerous after they scored their first night when they caught Real in their midst, but at the same time they were very exposed at the back. Visitors experienced many nerve moments before Sergio Ramos closed all three points for a side with a 83-minute penalty, while Dani Ceballos scored during the injury to add extra gloss to the score.
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Here are Real Madrid players, who have hardly won the Celta Vigo victory.
Thibaut Courtois: 7.5 / 10
He made an excellent rescue to deny Iago Aspas from the enrollment of the second equalizer in the middle of the second century, and he did well when he was called. Unfortunately for him, the goal of Brais Mendez, the last minute, was rejected by Dani Ceballos, being left without blemish. A decent Belgian show that had a rude start for his Real Madrid career.
Alvaro Odriozola: 8/10
He represented a real threat for Celta in the third final because his sharp moves made it difficult to defend the right side. He combined well with Lucas Vazquez on the far side, while his absolute rhythm helped him to enter behind the Celtic defense on many occasions.
Nacho Fernandez: 7.5 / 10
He did what he does best – is deep defenses and elimination of any problems before being treated with an accident during the last phase of the game. He was excluded for the rest of the year, which could be a huge blow Los Blancos, especially as Raphael Varane is also confronted with a spell on the sidelines.
Sergio Ramos: 8/10
His doll from goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez was an absolute delight. In addition, the Spanish international was calm and composed in defense, although he played a role in the first goal because of his lack of concentration.
Sergio Reguilon: 8/10
Another consistent poster from the 21-year-old, who really benefited from Marcelo's absence, as it seems. He offered a tremendous service ahead, picking up a lot of dangerous crosses, including the one who set up Karim Benzema in the first half, but the French effort was saved by Alvarez.
Luka Modric: 7.5 / 10
He dictated the game in the early stages of the game, especially making a well-placed transition to Benzema for the opener. However, it was not exactly a convincing poster from Modric compared to its high standards as its influence vanished with the evolution of the game.
He worked in the middle of the defensive field, escaped the lost balls, while making a number of important actions before a mischievous attack from Maxi Gomez in the seventh minute to force him off the field around the first quarter of the game.
Toni Kroos: 8/10
Another solid screen from the international German, which has been brilliant in the past few weeks. The players of Kroos now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle. Hda fully control the middle for most of the contest.
Lucas Vazquez: 6.5 / 10
It is not an excellent game for the international Spanish who failed to make a remarkable contribution to the third shot, apart from a few good passes on the right side. It would have been slim if it had not been for the three injuries Real Madrid claimed during the game.
Karim Benzema: 9/10
Turning slowly to the benzema we are accustomed to seeing, which was clearly evident in his excellent performance against Celta. He was a nuisance in the box, keeping his fingers in his fingers with intelligent movements, and most importantly, he also led the responsible line, reaching the end of some delightful crosses on the flanks.
Gareth Bale: 7,5 / 10
Bale is one of the most exciting players to watch when he matches and showed him again with yet another impressive show against Celta. He played a key role behind Madrid's solid start before sustaining an accident, which reduced his third-level efficiency.
Dani Ceballos: 8/10
He was the replacement for Casemiro and, despite the strong differences between the two players, he never felt Madrid lacking the Brazilian presence due to Ceballos's excellent performance in the middle of the field. He instigated the game in the third middle with a wonderful pass and a good end at the end.
Javi Sanchez: 7.5 / 10
Replaced Reguilon after reboot and moved into a central role, where he impressed with some sharp approaches.
Marco Asensio: NA
He should have started the game before Vazquez instead of coming up as a 71th substitute for Nacho injured.