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Match Reports: Celta Vigo 1-4 Real Madrid

Kristopher Love | 19 May, 2017, 05:41

It's important to think about your opponent, we always study them, but I'm interested in what we're going to do.

The Frenchman went with the same side that withstood an Atletico Madrid revival to book their place in the Champions League final a week ago.

"We still have the most hard job ahead of us", he said in the Spanish press on Thursday morning.

"We won another crucial game and now we have to make the final push". In 66 combined starts, they've scored 38 goals to go along with 26 assists - contributions from the bench that any team would envy. Rested down the stretch by Zidane, who has the luxury of a deep bench, for four straight league away games and on course for his fewest amount of La Liga games played in six years, Ronaldo is thriving in the season's most vital moments.

The Galicians had knocked Real out of the King's Cup earlier in the year by drawing 2-2 at home and winning at the Santiago Bernabeu and also stunned Barcelona back in October by winning 4-3.

Real did not dominate the first half with an iron grip, however, and Celta enjoyed good chances to level, with Keylor Navas doing well to deny Daniel Wass when his free kick was hit with venom.

Gareth Bale has been tipped to return in time for the Champions League final -but reports in Spain suggest his Real Madrid teammates aren't missing him. But its hopes of a comeback started to sink after Ronaldo found the net for the second time, and then sank further after Aspas was dismissed.

"I believe that I didn't do anything and hopefully they can take away this card - it was a odd occurrence", Nacho had told reporters after facing Sevilla.

Zinedine Zidane: "The Celta team that will play in Vigo are going to come out as professionals, as they have to".

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They left BalaĆ­dos with a comprehensive 4-1 win, courtesy of two well-taken Cristiano Ronaldo strikes and singles from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos.

"I can assure you we need to maintain our focus", he said also confirming that Cristiano Ronaldo would only join the Vigo action if needed.