Real Madrid were not at the brilliant best in the recent 2-1 win over Celta de Vigo, but manager Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that the team will show improvement in the coming weeks.
Madrid had to fight hard in order to get this victory. This preserves their 100% start to the season after the team opened up with a convincing 3-0 win over Real Sociedad. After managing victory in the Champions League in his first season as the manager, Zidane is now looking forward to removing Barcelona from the top of the La Liga.
Barcelona have been hugely successful in terms of league titles over the last decade. Even though Madrid still hold the record for the most number of Spanish league titles, they are in danger of being caught by the arch rivals. The last league title won by Madrid was back in the 2011-12 campaign, which shows the scale of disaster at Santiago Bernabeu. It looks like the club will once again have a tough time in the domestic competition, as they struggled to overcome a very average Celta de Vigo team. It took almost an hour for Madrid to find a way past the stubborn away defence. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring before Toni Kroos came up with the winner nine minutes from time.
“We played against a team who played a lot better than I expected, especially in defence. They made life hard for us and we didn’t get any easy chances.Sometimes it happens that a game goes to 1-1 and it’s not easy. We took the three points from this game and the players’ attitudes really pleased me, they believed right up to the end. They were focused right up to the final whistle. We played against a tough opponent that made life hard for us,” said Zidane.