Real Madrid produced a commanding performance to register a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon. After playing out a goalless first half, Real Madrid upped the tempo in the second half and scored two well-worked goals through Isco and Gareth Bale.
Here are three things we learned from Real Madrid’s win over Celta Vigo in La Liga:
3. Celta’s Misery Extends
Having picked up just a single win from their last 12 La Liga matches, Celta Vigo needed to produce something really special to spoil Zinedine Zidane’s homecoming.
They took the game to Madrid on a number of occasions, but failed to deliver the end product. The midfielders looked indecisive when in possession and couldn’t get a foothold. Celta did force Keylor Navas into action a couple of times, but they never really looked like beating the Costa Rican.
2. Real Madrid Outcasts Shine
Zinedine Zidane restored Isco, Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Keylor Navas back into the Real Madrid starting XI and all four players did their best to justify their coach’s faith. Bale, who scored Real Madrid’s second goal, stood out convincingly. His work rate, determination, and influence in the final-third turned heads, as he wreaked havoc down the left flank.
Isco didn’t manage to be as inspiring as Bale, but he got the goal he needed. Marcelo and Navas, too, were solid as ever, and looked confident when called into action.
1. Zidane’s Perfect Homecoming
Despite having nothing to play for, there’s a sense of positivity within the Real Madrid camp. Zinedine Zidane’s reappointment has brought in new hope, new purpose. The Frenchman still need to fix numerous things to get this side back on track, but he, at least, is pushing in the right direction.
Formation changes of the fly, timely substitutions, and a proactive approach helped Real Madrid greatly against Celta. And now, it’s up to ZIdane to maintain that momentum for the remainder of the season.