Real Madrid VS Celta Vigo Football Match Score 21 Aug 2022
Real Madrid will be bidding to secure back-to-back wins at the start of their 2022-23 La Liga campaign when they make the trip to Celta Vigo on Saturday night. Los Blancos opened their title defence with a 2-1 victory over newly-promoted Almeria last time out, while Celta started their season with an entertaining 2-2 draw at home to Espanyol.
Celta were actually two goals ahead against Espanyol in last weekend’s contest, with Iago Aspas and Goncalo Paciencia on the scoresheet, and the Sky Blues had the two-goal advantage until the 72nd minute, when Edu Exposito halved the deficit in Vigo. Joselu then scored from the penalty spot in the eighth minute of added time at the end of the 90 to make it an incredibly frustrating start to the new season for Eduardo Coudet‘s side, who should have seen out the match to claim all three points on the opening weekend.
Celta finished 17th in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, but they have not been in any relegation danger in the last two campaigns, claiming eighth and 11th position respectively, and the team will be bidding to push close to the European positions in 2022-23. A busy transfer window has seen Williot Swedberg, Luca de la Torre, Carles Perez, Oscar Mingueza, Unai Nunez, Agustin Marchesin, Julen Lobete and Oscar Rodriguez all arrive, but there have also been a number of departures, so there is a fresh look to the squad this season. Celta have lost each of their last four La Liga games with Real Madrid, while they have not beaten Los Blancos in Spain’s top flight since May 2014, which is an indication of the size of their task in this match.
Real Madrid were far from convincing on the opening weekend of the new La Liga season, falling behind in the sixth minute of their clash with Almeria courtesy of a goal from Largie Ramazani. Lucas Vazquez managed to level the scores in the 61st minute, though, before David Alaba came up with the winner in the 75th minute to ensure that the champions would open their title defence with a win. Carlo Ancelotti‘s side, who won a Champions League and La Liga double last season, have already claimed silverware this season, beating Europa League holders Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup last week.
There has still only been two first-team additions at Bernabeu this summer, with Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni joining the club, and Los Blancos continue to insist that their business has been completed. Casemiro is currently being strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United, though, which could see a new midfielder arrive before the deadline, while it would also not be a surprise to see a back-up centre-forward join the club over the next couple of weeks.
Real Madrid did a league double over Celta last term, including a 2-1 victory in Vigo, and they have triumphed on each of their last four visits to their opponents this weekend. Celta have not reported any injury concerns ahead of this match, so head coach Coudet could have a full squad to choose from, which was also the case on the opening weekend of the season. Augusto Solari was replaced at the interval of the clash with Espanyol but is expected to be fit to start, and it would not be a surprise to see the same XI for a second successive match.
Aspas and Paciencia were both on the scoresheet against Diego Martinez‘s side and should continue as the front two, while Oscar Rodriguez is again likely to operate in an advanced midfield position for the hosts. As for Real Madrid, Ancelotti will make changes from the side that took to the field for the first whistle against Almeria last time out.
Dani Carvajal and Rodrygo both missed out on the opening weekend through injury but are expected to be fit for this match, while Luka Modric, Alaba and Eder Militao should also be among those to return. Ancelotti has a big decision to make when it comes to Casemiro, and he is unlikely to be involved, with Manchester United believed to be closing in on his signature. Federico Valverde should again play alongside Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior in a front three, with Eden Hazard‘s involvement expected to come from the bench.
La Liga Matchday 2 will once again see reigning champs Real Madrid on the road when Los Blancos travel to face Celta Vigo. Real opened the league campaign with a 2-1 win at Almeria, coming from behind in the second half with David Alaba scoring the winner off a free kick. Celta drew their opener at home to Espanyol, 2-2.
Celta Vigo: Celta allowed Espanyol two shots on goal last time out — and they both went in. Their inability to react and close down quickly cost them what should have been three points. That figures to be even more challenging against Real Madrid. They will prioritize defense and look to go on the counter, but in the middle they must apply pressure high up. Expect them to see little of the ball, but they will have a puncher’s chance if they can keep it close in the first half.
Real Madrid: With Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni all started. Of course, there is also Luka Modric, who is still a starter for this team. So the natural replacement for Casemiro would be Tchouameni., what could the new-look Real Madrid midfield look like? Well, just look at Matchday 1’s win over Almeria where
The former Ajax manager goes into what was, on paper, the first great test of his tenure with precious little that he might want. The player to dictate play from the base of midfield has not arrived; instead of a facilitator they are, paying a 30-year-old one of the most generous salaries at Old Trafford for the next five years. The Brazilian won’t be registered in time and bar the returning Anthony Martial there is no cavalry coming. As Rick Pitino might say, “Cristiano Ronaldo ain’t walking through that door.” Only, awkwardly, a version of him has, and, after not making much difference, he’s turned around Abe Simpson style, attempting to force his way out of the club almost as soon as he arrived. Ten Hag will have to make do with what he has.
Those players, plus a fair few who left this summer but might well be selected if they were still in the north west, offered a blueprint last season in how not to play against Liverpool. At both ends of the pitch it came down to pressure. In attack it was an inability to deal with the intensity that was applied to them, and at the other end, a haphazard approach to winning the ball back did little but leave oceans for Thiago and company to swim in.
Liverpool are good enough that even in their injury-addled form they will arrive at Old Trafford on Monday bringing the technical excellence to play through well organized defenses. Even were United to miraculously get it right, Klopp’s side could still punish them, as happened in the second of four goals they conceded in the 4-0 loss at Anfield last season. Ralf Rangnick’s back three did not work for most of the match but on this occasion the visitors kept their shape and forced a play building down the right flank to be recycled all the way back to Joel Matip. Then two incisive passes from the center back, a delicate clip from Sadio Mane and Salah is rolling the ball past David de Gea.