Resolved a match of sewing and singing against Celta, Real Madrid was entrusted to Atlético, visitor this Sunday of the Camp Nou. Eight points behind Barça and eight games to start in the abusive calendar, the whites can still be on the alert if the Catalans get the flu. Meanwhile, Asensio and Militão killed a boneless adversary. A Celta subdued by the constant appointments of Vinicius and the superabundance of Camavinga. A full side time, an overflowing interior section. Too much for a minor Celta.
Courtois, Eder Militao, Camavinga, Nacho, Rüdiger, Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, Dani Ceballos (Modric, min. 81), Benzema, Vinicius Junior (Rodrygo, min. 81) and Marco Asensio (Lucas Vázquez, min. 76)
Iván Villar, Renato Tapia, Kevin Vázquez, Unai Núñez, Javi Galán (Williot Swedberg, min. 72), Luca De La Torre, Fran Beltrán, Gabriel Veiga (Patience, min. 62), Augusto Solari (Franco Cervi, min. 45 ), Seferovic (Óscar Rodríguez, min. 62) and Aspas
goals 1-0 min. 41: Marco Asensio. 2-0 min. 47: Eder Militao.
Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Yellow cards Kevin Vázquez (min. 19), Dani Ceballos (min. 46) and Javi Galán (min. 69)
With an interwar match ahead, with the Cup final and City in sight, Real started in flip flops. At the beginning, a bland Madrid against a skeletal opponent, patched up in defense, without a cabinet in the middle and pure fallow in attack. To add to the embarrassment, the grass, a victim of the works at the Bernabéu, was a lunar landscape in which the ball jumped.
It happens that Vinicius does not like recreational games. It doesn’t matter if he is more or less lucid. Today he fights each round as if it were the last. Once again, with the Brazilian as a white turbine, Carlo Ancelotti’s team was arriving at the game. To top off the Portuguese team Carlos Carvalhal, the right wing for which Vinicius had to be arrested had to be mended with the substitute Kevin —Hugo Mallo was sanctioned— and a midfielder as an orthopedic central defender, in the case of Tapia, replacement for the injured Aidoo. Kevin charged with a card from minute 20 and with Vinicius as a rattle, Real plugged into the duel.
With Kroos and Modric watching over the bench, Ceballos was added to Vinicius’s radar, one of the meritors of these months. As pending renewal as Asensio and Nacho. With a few already added to the cause, the local team procured a battery of auctions, all long distance. Of course, with Iván Villar’s goal out of shot. Celta, increasingly enchironado. Not a drop of Iago Aspas, his main vector. Hardly a trace of Gabri Veiga, the new emblem of Celticism. For visitors, Courtois was just a mirage in some province of Mars.
In one of the very few outbursts of the Celtiñas, Aspas ran into Camavinga, which is a convoy in itself. The French closed the rival offensive, crossed to midfield while the rivals went to the ditch. Already in the axis he connected with Ceballos, who filtered a pass as versatile as it was clinical for Vinicius, who sealed his 15th assist of the course. Well that Asensio thanked him, who is getting better and better with the goal. Resources never lacked.
At the break, Celta had not procured even half a portion of touches. Not a doodle near Courtois. Back in the second act, in the blink of an eye the 2-0 was eaten. This time by air. Asensio took a corner and Militão, who has poles for legs, hung from the clouds and headed into a corner of the net. The team from Vigo, against Annapurna. El Real, with the process about to be finalized and more contemplative waiting for another turn from Vinicius, a few more flashes from Ceballos, a new spark from Asensio… And with Camavinga winning all the challenges. Those of Aspas and those of anyone.
Carvalhal intervened, who soon retired the promising Veiga, a footballer with class and bodywork, but who did not leave footprints in Chamartín, the main square.
Certified 2-0, the game, as in its staging, lost bone. Celta did not press, who with little could ask for a step in the match if Aspas had resolved a challenge with Courtois. The celestial idol verified that the Belgian has oars, not arms. Despite the scare, Real was already satisfied, even though Ancelotti demanded more volume. Complicated when Vinicius and Ceballos —both acclaimed— earned a break. The throne of the League remains remote if Atlético does not rush Barça, the Cup is one step away and the Champions League is the highest priority in the Madrid universe.
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