Celta de Vigo Vs Real Madrid, Liga BBVA 2013-2014: Match Preview

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

In the second-to-last game in La Liga, Real Madrid will try to beat Celta in Balaídos while expecting Atlético and Barça to fail, in order to get to the last game with some options to be champions.

After last Wednesday's unexpected draw against Valladolid, Real Madrid's options to win the league are almost vanished. With only two games remaining, only a great catastrophe would prevent Atlético or Barça to be champions. However, los Blancos will for sure do their best to beat Celta de Vigo at their home and pursue the miracle.

It won't be an easy thing, though. Celta has been a pretty irregular team throughout the season, but they have displayed a really good football at certain moments, as they did in Bernabéu back in January. While it's true that their fate is already decided, since they have avoided relegation and can't reach UEFA Europa League positions, they will likely want to leave their fans with a good taste in the last game at their home. Besides, Luis Enrique, their coach, has a particular history of hatred towards Real Madrid, and is now rumoured to be moving to Barcelona for the next season, so it's reasonable to think he will be especially driven to win tomorrow.

When playing at home, Luis Enrique's men always try to take the initiative and dominate the possession of the ball, but the truth is that a more passive approach has suited them better, yielding two more points when they are the visitors. Nolito, with fourteen goals, and Charles, with ten, have been their most prolific scorers, but the player to watch will be Rafinha, Thiago Alcántara's little brother, who is also expected to return to Barcelona next season.

Our men are surely focused in winning La Décima, but it would be really disappointing to see them underperforming tomorrow. As Ancelotti confirmed today, there's a big number of players unavailable, but the good news is that Arbeloa and Khedira will be able to play for a few minutes. The final against Atlético is two weeks away, so there's still a slight chance that they'll make it.

Projected lineup: Diego López; Arbeloa, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo; Alonso, Illarramendi, Modric; Isco, Bale, Morata.

The match starts at 19:00 CET.

UPDATED: Karim Benzema is finally out of the list, and Castilla's Willian José and Raúl de Tomás have been included on the team's list to replace him.

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