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Real spot on while Barca held to draw

08 January, 2018, 05:58 | Author: Hannah Francis
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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insisted his team would not "go crazy" after a disappointing 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo at Balaidos saw them fall further behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race. This has all helped Celta to pick up 21 points for the season so far, but their form in their last five games, in which they have only won twice, is threatening to force them into a relegation battle for the season to come.

Real Madrid is in need of points to resurrect its league season, and it returns to action in La Liga for the first time since falling to rival Barcelona when it travels to Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Celta drew 1-1 at home to Barca in the Cup and took a 2-2 draw from the Camp Nou earlier this campaign and pacey strikers Iago Aspas and Pione Sisto, as well as the powerful Maxi Gomez will be a handful for a Madrid defense missing the suspended Dani Carvajal and the injured Sergio Ramos. That win put Barca 14 points ahead of Madrid, all be it with an extra game played, and that gap could momentarily at least have opened to 17 points if Barca are able to defeat Levante on Sunday afternoon. "I am the first one responsible".

"It is how it looks from the outside - we are sad, angry and we feel like we are sinking", Brazilian defender Marcelo told reporters.

Having played their first match of the year in the city of Soria on Thursday evening in the Copa Del Rey against Numancia, Real Madrid are on the road once more this weekend for their first league encounter in 2018.




Zidane added that the result was not acceptable to him or his players.

"We can't be happy with that".

"We have to analyse our game in depth".

"We have to stop making these errors and be more consistent". "We have to have more confidence in our ability".

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