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Scouting Real Madrid's Competition: Celta Vigo

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Real Madrid is back on Liga BBVA action this Saturday. Celta Vigo will visit the Santiago Bernabéu to try to take profit from Madrid's lack of fullbacks after Arbeloa, Coentrao and Marcelo's injuries during this past FIFA break. Iago Aspas and former Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young are Celta's most dangerous threats.

Denis Doyle

Galicia is back on La Liga BBVA. Both Deportivo A Coruña and Celta Vigo spent some years in Spain's Segunda División, but they found their way back to elite football. Both of them have assembled a fairly decent team that could remain in the First Division.

In this case, Celta Vigo manage to add Arsenal's Park Chu-Young on loan. The Korean player didn't have enough chances with Arsène Wenger, as he only played three minutes in last season's Premier League. Danish midfielder Michael Krohn-Deli is also a good player for Celta.

But Vigo's starlets are Iago Aspas and Javi Varas. Aspas has already scored three goals this season. He's the kind of striker that likes to get involved in the team's offensive plan. He's also very creative and sets opportunities for his teammates, so maybe coach Paco Herrera is considering starting Aspas behind Park. Javi Varas was the only reason why Sevilla was able to get one point out of the Camp Nou last season. He's a talented goalkeeper that decided to leave the Andalusian club after they brought Diego López in.

Celta Vigo played a very good game against Valencia, for instance. They forced Pellegrino's team to play with a deffensive-minded attitude in their own stadium, and that's something most team's aren't able to accomplish.

But, of course, Celta has its weaknesses. They are not very strong defensively and it's hard for them to keep the leads. As a matter of fact, Celta has not drawn a single game. They've won 3 and lost 4.

Furthermore, they like to play possession football, but their midfield isn't great. Oubiña and López are two of Celta's biggest weaknesses. Most of Celta's success depends on Aspas and Park, and Herrera doesn't seem to have a B-plan on his mind.

If Real Madrid is able to play at its level, Celta should not be a problem at the Santiago Bernabéu. Given that the Galician team doesn't have quick, dangerous wingers, this could be the perfect game for Mourinho to find the right man to play in Arbeloa and Marcelo's spots.