On Saturday night, Real Madrid will travel to Celta Vigo in an effort to begin their 2022–23 La Liga season with back-to-back victories.
Last time out, Los Blancos began their championship defense with a triumph over recently promoted Almeria, while Celta began their campaign with a thrilling draw against Espanyol at home.
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With goals from Iago Aspas and Goncalo Paciencia against Espanyol last weekend, Celta actually had a two-goal lead. The Sky Blues held that lead until the late in the game, when Edu Exposito halved the deficit in Vigo.
At the end of the 90, Joselu scored from the penalty spot to give Eduardo Coudet’s team an extremely frustrating start to the new season. They should have finished the game to earn all three points on the opening weekend.
Celta placed 17th in both the 2018–19 and 2019–20 campaigns, but they were never in danger of being demoted. Instead, they finished eighth and eleventh, respectively, and they will be attempting to push toward the European positions this season.
A sign of the difficulty of their mission in this game is that Celta has lost each of their last four La Liga encounters with Real Madrid, and they haven’t triumphed over Los Blancos in Spain’s top division since May 2014.
On the opening weekend of the new La Liga season, Real Madrid struggled mightily, behind Almeria in the sixth minute thanks to a goal from Largie Ramazani.
Although David Alaba scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute to guarantee the champions would start their championship defense with a victory, Lucas Vazquez was able to tie the score in the 61st minute.
The team under by Carlo Ancelotti, who won both the Champions League and La Liga last year has also started this year in a ground style winning the super cup.
Even though there have only been two first-team additions to the Bernabeu squad this summer—Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger Los Blancos continue to assert that their business is done.
But because Casemiro is reportedly interested in joining Manchester United, a new midfielder could join the team before the deadline. It also wouldn’t be unexpected if a backup center-forward joined the team in the coming weeks.
Real Madrid defeated Celta in Vigo last season to complete a league double over them, and they have won each of their past four visits to their opponents this weekend.
Real Madrid had to come from behind to win by a razor-thin margin against Almeria, and given Celta’s caliber, we anticipate this to be another challenging game for the champions. In Vigo, a tie is not unexpected, but Real Madrid should just have what it takes to open the new season with two victories in a row.