Real Madrid will look to mark Zinedine Zidane’s homecoming in the best possible way when they welcome Celta Vigo to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday evening. Sitting 12 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, they practically don’t have any hope of overturning the deficit. Yet, a positive result, this afternoon, is of paramount importance.
Here are three things to look forward to as Real Madrid host Celta Vigo in La Liga.
3. Celta Vigo’s Desperation
Celta Vigo have been one of the mainstays in La Liga over the last decade, but this season, they look to be on course for a disastrous finale. They have picked up only 25 points from 27 La Liga games, recording just a single victory in their last 12 league matches.
Real Madrid, too, haven’t been consistent this season, but the hosts probably won’t let Celta dictate play in Zidane’s re-debut.
2. Acid Test for Players
Having crashed out of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League in the span of a week, Madrid virtually have nothing to play for this season, but the next 11 games are very crucial for the Real Madrid players.
Zidane is expected to rotate his squad extensively over the next months and look to sort out players who don’t fit the bill. The likes of Isco, Gareth Bale, and Marcelo will be under the microscope and they must find a way to deliver for the re-appointed Frenchman.
1. Pressure on Zidane
Just 10 months after his unexpected resignation, Madrid have brought Zinedine Zidane back to the helm. In his first spell, he enjoyed unprecedented success, winning three consecutive Champions League titles.
Following Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari’s disastrous spells, Madrid need a bit of positivity within their camp. Zidane epitomises the club and their legendary fighting spirit, and it’s time for him to restore the confidence Los Blancos have lost over the last months.