PREVIEW: Real Madrid v Celta Vigo


The hosts will be hoping to bounce back from defeat to Atletico Madrid last time out but will be without Karim Benzema and face a side focused on Europa League qualification

Denmark international Daniel Wass believes it is “difficult” for Real Madrid to win La  Liga this season and intends to make it nigh-on impossible for Zinedine Zidane’s men by leading Celta Vigo to victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Madrid fell 12 points behind Barca last weekend following a 1-0 derby defeat to Atletico Madrid and, although they returned to winning ways at Levante on Wednesday, that deficit was restored when the Catalans beat Rayo Vallecano on Thursday.

It is arguably a good time to face Madrid with striker Karim Benzema out injured and fellow first-team regulars Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric having just returned to training.

And Wass is hoping to capitalise by strengthening Celta’s bid for a Europa League place.

He told a news conference: “We are going to play as we know, be faithful to our gameplan and to take the three points.

“All games in Spain are special but when you face one of the great teams it is even more so. I’m looking forward to playing at the Bernabeu.

“There are still many games to go but Barcelona are at the top and have an important advantage over Real Madrid. This is football and anything can happen, but now I see it as difficult [for Madrid to win the league].”

Celta played out a goalless draw at home to fourth-placed Villarreal on Wednesday, with the visitors intent on securing the point that preserves their advantage over the chasing pack.


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