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Real eye second-leg comeback against Celta Vigo

Real Madrid aims to salvage win when they visit Celta Vigo in the second-leg of Copa Del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday night at Estadio Balaidos.

Los Blancos are currently experiencing a turbulence after suffering a loss to Sevilla a week ago, which ended their 40-unbeaten run streak come to a halt.

European Champions currently trials Celta by 2-1 after a surprise first leg defeat at Santiago Bernebeu.

Besides, Zinedine Zidane has a lot of injury concerns. Marcelo’s injury will see him miss games for the next month including the clash against Napoli in Champions League, whereas Modric won’t be available for Vigo. Pepe, Bale or Carvajal are still at the team’s disposal, but the likes of James Rodríguez, Danilo or Cristiano Ronaldo are not so much reliable.

On the other side, Celta de Vigo are very confident to go through the semifinals in Copa del Rey, a competition they’ve never won despite playing four finals in their history. Celta lost this weekend at Anoeta against Real Sociedad, although Berizzo put in the pitch a lot of substitutes, giving some rest to important players such as Iago Aspas, Wass or Guidetti. Tucu Hernández will miss the game for suspension and Beuveau is the only injury concern.

Real Madrid has a long way to go when it comes to this match, as they need to score at least two goals against Celta to go through the next stage. However, Celta is very dangerous on the counter-attack, as they showed at the Bernabeu. Aspas will be a headache for the defenders, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema performance has been wanting and has the fans questioning their dedication.

Meanwhile, Zidane appeared in the press room at Real Madrid before leaving for Balaidos, and expressed that there’s no panic heading into tonight’s semi-final clash, despite injurie woes at the club.

“I don’t regret anything. We play a lot of games, train less and recover more. It is what it is and we can’t change anything,” said the French coach.

“If you play and you don’t train you’d have more injuries. We will continue working how we have been doing and move on,” he added.

Kick-off is at 22:15 (local time).

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