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Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo: Zidane’s return the focus at Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo: Zidane’s return the focus at Santiago Bernabeu

Zinedine Zidane will return for his first game back in charge of Real Madrid as they face Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon.

It has been a world wind of emotions for Los Blancos fans over the past three weeks, having gone out of the Copa del Rey to Barcelona, out of the Champions League to Ajax and falling out of the title race too.

Zidane has since returned, having replaced Santi Solari, who spent just six months in charge and all eyes will be focused on his first game in charge and his team selection.

Celta arrive in desperate form and they must start winning games or they will face the drop, sitting 18th place in the La Liga standings.

Team News

Sergio Ramos returns from suspension for the home side, whilst it will be interesting to see if Marcelo regains a starting place under Zidane.

Toni Kroos is expected to be anchor Madrid’s midfield in the absence of Casemiro, who is suspended.

For the away side, Iago Aspas is still missing, giving them a massive problem. Hugo Mallo is out because of suspension, whilst Kevin Vazquez could continue at right back.

Expected XI’s

Real Madrid: Courtois, Odriozola, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Asensio, Benzema, Vazquez

Celta Vigo: Blanco, Vazquez, Araujo, Costas, Junca, Mendez, Lobotka, Boufal, Yokuslu, Gomez, Boudebouz

Prediction

Madrid have lost four out of their last six home games, but we fully expect Zidane to come back with a bang. Real Madrid 5-0 Celta Vigo.