Rampant Madrid on cusp of ending title drought

But goals from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos secured the points for Real Madrid, taking them to within touching distance of their first league championship since the 2011/12 season.

Ronaldo was starting his first La Liga game away from home for almost two months as in contrast to recent weeks, Zinedine Zidane didn't rotate his starting XI. The league is not over yet. We know we have to keep going until the end.

Madrid plays at mid-table Malaga on Sunday, while Barcelona finishes its season against eighth-place Eibar on the same day. Ronaldo then added another goal in a crucial 2-1 win over Valencia in La Liga, before starring again in the Champions League, this time with a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid. The ball went through the legs of defender Gustavo Cabral and gave goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez no chance. "I expect Celta to play like normal". The report claimed that Ronaldo, who focused more on building his upper core in recent years, lost three kilograms of muscle ahead of the campaign.

Celta managed to pull one back with 69 minutes gone on the clock as John Guidetti's shot took a big deflection to loop over Keylor Navas and into the keeper's empty net.

Zinedine Zidane's side will certainly feel confident of beating a Celta Vigo who have faded terribly over the second half of the season.

Both teams are hopeful that the natural elements will cooperate better than they did back in February when strong winds caused damage to the Balaidos Stadium, forcing the postponement of the game.

Madrid wanted to avoid Celta so late in the season, but there were no other dates available as Celta was in the Europa League and Madrid in the Champions League.

The Frenchman's rotation policy was criticised early in the season after four straight draws but has paid off with Real hitting their peak in the final run-in, having also reached the Champions League final in June against Juventus.

  • Julie Sanders