Real Madrid will open their 2019-20 La Liga campaign with an away trip to Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon.
Zinedine Zidane and his Real Madrid side are heading into the new La Liga season with the intention to challenge Barcelona for the Spanish championship.
They start at Celta Vigo, with the game scheduled at 17:00 (CET) on Saturday afternoon.
Celta, on the other hand, was the last survivor in the 2018-19 campaign. The Sky Blues will be hoping for much more successful 2019-20 season, as they definitely reached the bottom during the last term.
The Galician side has made 11 signings in the transfer market so far, with Santi Mina and Dennis Suarez being the most notable names to arrive at the Balaidos stadium.
However, Mina is an injury doubt for head coach Fran Escriba, as well as Sergio Alvarez and David Junca, both of them unlikely to feature in the opener.
⚽ Llegó el momento de las CARAS NUEVAS.
¿Quién será más decisivo en el #CeltaRealMadrid?
— LaLiga (@LaLiga) August 14, 2019
Real Madrid will travel to Vigo without new signing Ferland Mendy, Marco Asensio and Brahim Diaz – all of them our through injuries.
Luckily for Zidane, Sergio Ramos is in contention for the game, while their new No. 7 Eden Hazard is expected to make his competitive debut in the royal-white shirt.
What did the managers say
Celta boss Fran Escriba thanked the fans for their support in the relegation battle last season.
“Thanks for last year’s support, it was essential. We ask you not to lose that union. Together we are better and stronger,” he said via the club’s official website.
“Bringing home key players who were away, as Dennis Suarez and Santi Mina is very important for the club. We have built a powerful core, strengthened by players from last season and new additions.”
⌛⚽ Two days to go….
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) August 15, 2019
Zinedine Zidane is an optimist before the start of the 2019-20 campaign, regardless of Madrid’s form in the pre-season tour this summer.
“We’re going to be motivated, I have no doubt. Our season is going to be good, I’m convinced,” Zidane said via Marca.
“The Madrid fans do not need to be worried, I am always positive. Always. I know it is complicated because we have just finished a difficult season and because things have not started well.
“I know that we have a great team – what we need is to win a game. We just need that.”
It was quite an entertaining game when both sides met at the Balaidos stadium last season, with Madrid recording a late 4-2 victory.
Their encounters in Vigo always offer excitement and entertainment, as we’ve seen 29 goals in their last six meetings, which is an average of almost five goals per game.
Real Madrid is unbeaten in their last 10 La Liga clashes with Celta Vigo since 2014, recording nine wins and one draw in the process.
Celta ended the 2018-19 campaign on a high note winning four of their last five home games, including a 2-0 victory over crowned champions Barcelona in the 36th round.
Los Blancos, on the other hand, finished the last season with two consecutive defeats and only one win in their last five La Liga games.