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Matchday 18

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MON 06.01.2014 | PREVIEWS

A difficult test to open the year

Monday will see Real Madrid measure up against a Celta that always gives the Whites a hard time in the Bernabéu.

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MON 06.01.2014

Real Madrid CF will host RC Celta de Vigo in the Liga BBVA matchday 18 clash with the intention of collecting more points and staying in touch with the two teams at the top, while the Galician outfit will be hoping for a win in order to move away from the relegation zone.

Carlo Ancelotti's team will face a Celta that, despite its position in the table, is only second to FC Barcelona in terms of results in the Santiago Bernabéu this century. "They are a good team who play good football. I know their coach's philosophy: play good football and hope for a spectacular match", noted the Italian coach who will have Gareth Bale back for Monday's match, the Welshman has recovered from his calf injury, although he will be without Fabio Coentrão and Raphaël Varane.

For his part, Celta's coach, Luís Enrique, is well aware of the difficulties he will face on his visit to the capital, he was a Real Madrid player for five years, but even so, he hopes to be able to grind out a positive result and help the team climb the table: "It would be ridiculous to go out and play for 0-0, we are going to try and make things as difficult as possible for Real Madrid. Whenever you play against this kind of team it is necessary to be at your best and for them to have a bad day". The coach from Asturias will be without the injured Samuel Llorca and Andreu Fontàs.

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