Zidane calm with Real Madrid one point away from title

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opener during the Spanish league football match RC Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid CF at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on May 17, 2017.

Madrid romped to a 4-1 success at Balaidos, meaning they only need one point away against Malaga in Sunday's LaLiga finale to win their first title since 2012. Four points in their last two remaining La Liga games guarantee their 33rd La Liga title. To win a Liga title you must suffer, but you see by the way they play that the team enjoys it, that they are feeling very good. Dixie Dean (310) William Ralph "Dixie" Dean spent 13 years terrorising defences with Everton and his tally would have been 37 goals higher had the Toffees not spent the 1930-31 season in the second division.

"We played with a very good attitude, with a lot of determination and personality", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

Zidane kept normal starters such as Karim Benzema, Casemiro and Luka Modric out of the starting lineup against Sevilla on Sunday, when Real Madrid won 4-1.

Real also face a date with Juventus in the Champions League final in 18 days time where they will hope to have their lynchpin Ronaldo firing on all pistons.

The goal against Celta is his 283rd in the league for Madrid, having also scored 84 times in the Premier League for Manchester United. Bale has struggled for form and fitness this season and senior players in the Madrid squad believe that the 25-year-old Spaniard will have a much better impact than Bale in the final. I think that Real will not have problems with Celta, who, although she will try to resist, must ultimately lose.

In the first minute of the second half, Guidetti had the chance to draw the game but he missed it. "I expect Celta to play like normal".

"We are happy with the job we have done here and were deserved winners from start to finish".

Giving the astounding regularity with which he has scored crucial goals in these last few weeks, it appears CR7 was just waiting for the most momentous time to put his mercurial talents to use.

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