MADRID: Top visits second in La Liga on Saturday as Celta Vigo host Real Madrid hoping to dish out the same punishment that saw Barcelona thrashed 4-1 in Galicia last month.
Celta separate Real and Barca on goal difference with all three tied on 18 points at the top after eight games.
As well as victory over Barca, Eduardo Berizzo’s men have swept aside Sevilla and previous table toppers Villarreal in recent weeks to pose an unexpected challenge to Spanish football’s two behemoths.
Barca coach Luis Enrique, who left Celta to join the Catalans 17 months ago, hailed his former side for not only beating but outclassing the European champions, their offensive style attracting a sell-out crowd at Balaidos this weekend.
“That the fans are excited; coming to Balaidos shows that we are doing things well,” Celta keeper Sergio Alvarez told the club’s website.
“Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world. They are very good in transitions from defence to attack, so we have to use the ball well and finish our attacks.”
On top of an opponent in a rich vein of form, Real will have to cope with a raft of injuries for the trip to Vigo.
Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Pepe are all doubtful, whilst Dani Carvajal is definitely out.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2015.
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