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Celta vs Real Madrid: Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid: Aspas against ambitious XI

Real Madrid travel to the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos knowing that only a win will do to keep them in the title race alongside Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

The squad still remember their form at the end of 2019/20, winning 10 out of 10 games to win the title after lockdown, only dropping points against Leganes after the title had been won.

Los Blancos come into this tie full of confidence after seeing off Atalanta in the Champions League and a draw against Liverpool for the quarter-final means they have hope of reaching the final four.

For now though, the club are focused on LaLiga Santander as they seek to win both their domestic title and the Champions League.

To do so, the club need to start by winning in Vigo, even without Sergio Ramos, who rushed back from a knee injury and now needs to take a rest.

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It’s a problem for Zinedine Zidane, who has faced a number of injuries to his players this season, but it shouldn’t impact the team’s structure.

They’ll stick with the midfield three and with Karim Benzema accompanied by the electric Vinicius Junior.

Waiting for Aspas

In the reverse fixture Iago Aspas pulled up injured after a fantastic run of goalscoring form with nine goals, but that figure hasn’t changed since then.

In the two and a half months that have passed, he missed one through injury and was suspended for one game, but he is still yet to break his duck in 2021.

On Saturday, 80 days will have passed since his last goal and he will be desperate to score.

He has been decisive of late, influencing the teams style, but Luis Enrique left him out of the Spain squad despite him being prolific earlier this season and having provided the joint-highest number of assists in LaLiga Santander.

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With or without goals from Aspas, Celta need all the points they can get to guarantee survival and will do so with their strongest line-up, only missing injured goalkeeper Ruben Blanco.

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