Celta Vigo 0-1 Real Madrid (August 25, 2023) Match Analysis

real Madridthe new signing Jude Bellingham scored in the second half to give his team a third successive victory by beating Celta Vigo 1-0 in La Liga on Friday to maintain a perfect start.

The 20-year-old once again led the attack for the Spanish giants, scoring for the fourth time in his first three league appearances after RodrygoThe missed penalty from earlier in the second half.

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Real suffered a blow early on when Brazilian striker Vinicius Jr was forced to retire with a leg problem after 15 minutes, a notable defeat for Carlo Ancelotti’s side who come ahead of the goalie. Thibaut Courtois and defender Eder Militaothe wounds.

“Vinicius had some discomfort and we took him out. We’ll see what he has in the next few hours, he had muscle discomfort in his leg,” Ancelotti said.

“I do not think so [it’s serious]. He wanted to continue… I think after the break [international break], he will be back. It’s a shame, he started well, he looked unstoppable.”

It is the first muscle injury suffered by the left winger, who has registered 28 goals and 19 assists for Real since the start of last season.

Ancelotti added that Real won’t be looking for any other signings as his squad are strong enough despite injuries and the Ballon d’Or winner’s departure. Karim Benzema to the Saudi Pro League.

“It’s a complete group. If we can win without Courtois, Militao, Karim, Vinicius, it means the group is well formed. They played well,” he said.

Celta were also forced into a substitution due to Franco CerviThe injury shortly before halftime.

The visitors had already been criticized in the opening seconds as Celta thought they had taken the lead, but VAR ruled out Jorgen Larsen’s effort for a foul on the goalkeeper. Kepa Arrizabalagamaking his debut following his loan spell with chelsea.

“Kepa played well, a clean sheet is a good sign,” Ancelotti said. “He deserved to play, I said in those games the goal was well covered, both with Kepa and with (Andriy) Lunin.”

Rodrygo then had a golden opportunity to put Real ahead in the 68th minute with a penalty past the keeper. Ivan Villar tripped him into the box. However, Villar redeemed himself by diving to his right to prevent the Brazilian striker’s kick.

“I told (Real Fede midfielder) Valverde that Luka (Modric) had to take the penalty, I don’t know what happened between them that they chose Rodrygo,” Ancelotti said. “I’m a bit upset that Luka didn’t take the penalty.”

However, England Midfielder Bellingham gave La Liga leaders Real the lead 10 minutes from time with a header from joselu‘s hits a corner to maintain his impressive start.

“Bellingham is doing very well, he keeps scoring. He does it because he moves very well off the ball,” Ancelotti said. “He’s smart, he comes at the right time.”

After three away trips, top-flight Real will play their first home game next Saturday against Getafe as renovations to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium are completed.

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