Madrid done rotating players as it goes for Spanish title
- Author: Julie Sanders May 17, 2017,
May 17, 2017, 23:05
Forward Gareth Bale is still out with a calf injury, while centre-back Pepe, right-back Dani Carvajal and attacking midfielder James Rodriguez are also injured. But Madrid will be confident of beating a Celta Vigo side in 13th with nothing to play for this season after being eliminated from the Europa League by Manchester United in last Thursday's semi-final second leg.
With three games to play over the next seven days, Zidane opted for a rotated line-up - a strategy that has allowed him to maintain his players' fitness levels remarkably well throughout the season.
Clinical finishing proved the difference at the Santiago Bernabéu as Real Madrid notched up another victory against Sevilla in their quest for the league title - leaving them needing just four points in their last two games to guarantee success. It's important to think about your opponent, we always study them, but I'm interested in what we're going to do.
Vigo mayor Abel Caballero had previously claimed Madrid had "arrogantly" applied pressure for the match, originally scheduled for early February, to go ahead despite safety concerns.
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Nacho was a surprise inclusion as Zidane rested Marcelo, Casemiro, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric for Wednesday's rescheduled game at Celta, the latest demonstration of his confidence in a talent-packed squad which has been a key factor in his side's march towards the title. Anyone ready to ask ZZ again after the Champions League final could get a very different answer. "We are not going to relax and we have not won anything". And in that case, the title would go to Barcelona - having drawn 1-1 with Real at Camp Nou before winning 3-2 at the Bernabeu in that Clasico match.
Los Blancos are tied with Barcelona atop the table entering the match, which serves as Madrid's game in hand ahead of this weekend's final round of fixtures.
On the other side Real have everything to play for in their last three games of their season. Then again, they all said the Copa del Rey tie earlier this season was only going to have one victor....
With Marco Asensio, Isco Alcaron and Lucas Vazquez also shining in the Spanish capital, however, Bale may consider to leave the club in the summer.