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Real Madrid on verge of title after win at Celta

Real Madrid on verge of title after win at Celta

"We have to go to win", Ronaldo told reporters after the game.

Ronaldo and Isco celebrate after taking Real to the UCL final.

Once again Ronaldo made the difference as he blasted into the top corner after just 10 minutes and then added a second with a composed finish early in the second-half yesterday.

Zinedine Zidane's side are three points ahead of nearest rivals Barcelona, who are at home to eighth-placed Eibar at the same time, after winning their game in hand 4-1 away to Celta Vigo in midweek.

The fact that Malaga coach Michel Gonzalez is also a former Madrid player and has spoken of his affection for the club has also been highlighted in Barcelona. We have to win to be the champions.

Zidane has been an instant hit as manager, and his side now sit on the brink of a historic La Liga and Champions League double.

Madrid played with an extra man after the controversial sending off of Celta forward Iago Aspas, who picked up a second yellow in the 62nd minute for an alleged dive inside the area after a challenge by Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

Madrid will clearly want to put this fixture to bed as early as possible and will inevitably be looking to win this fixture instead of trying to cling on for a title-winning point.




"We have to continue what we are doing because the league isn't finished yet", warned Zidane ahead of the trip to La Rosaleda.

Isco has been in sensational form for Los Blancos as of late.

United, criticized for playing cautiously under Mourinho, has scored just two goals in its last five games.

Yet they will secure a place in next season's Champions League group stage if 29-year-old Nagelsmann can steer them to a home win over Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund fail to beat Werder Bremen at home on Saturday (14:30 BST).

"Now we know what we have to do and we have to recover well, because the players have given a lot in the last two games", Zidane said in the Spanish press on Thursday.

"We have one game left but today was very important. I am scoring goals and helping the team".

Aiming to build from last season's triumph in the Champions League, Zidane will unlikely be thinking of rotation despite their place in Europe's showpiece final this term too, meaning that Madrid will likely head into the contest at nearly full strength.


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