This will not be an easy match for Real Madrid, but Ancelotti's men must get the win after Barcelona secured the three points against Espanyol yesterday. Los Blancos are now 5 points behind Barcelona in the table, so this is a must-win game if they want to compete for the Liga BBVA title.
Marcelo will be back in the lineup and Asier Illarramendi appears to have the edge over Lucas Silva in the midfield. One of those two players will replace Luka Modric, James will play on the right wing with Cristiano Ronaldo and Chicharito upfront and Isco will be on the midfield.
After playing as a midfielder against Atlético, Sergio Ramos will move back to his natural position as a central-defender. Varane has probably deserved a starting spot after his good performances in the Madrid Derbies against Atlético, but the French defender will likelt stay on the bench this night. All in all, this will be an interesting game for a Real Madrid side that must stay focused in La Liga.
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Date & Time: Sunday, April 26th. 21:00 CET, 15:00 EST.
Venue: Balaídos, Vigo, Spain.
Real Madrid Projected XI: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Illarramendi, Isco, James, Ronaldo, Chicharito.
Celta de Vigo Projected XI: Álvarez, Mallo, Cabral, Fontàs, Jonny, Fernández, Krohn-Dehli, Mina, Orellana, Nolito, Larrivey.
This will be a very important game, Celta are playing well and we will struggle against them, for sure. It will be a very intense match and they made things hard for Atlético and Barcelona. We have to be physically ready and then try to dominate the match with our gameplan. They play with a lot of energy at home, Nolito, Santi Mina are Co. are very dangerous players.
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodríguez (Real Madrid), Nolito, Krohn-Dehli (Celta de Vigo)
Prediction: Celta de Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid.
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