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Real Madrid-Celta: the league leaders looking to continue their streak

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News | 16/02/2020 | Alberto Navarro

The Whites are unbeaten in the competition at home and will be looking for their sixth successive win (9:00pm CET). 
Real Madrid return to the Santiago Bernabéu to head into another fixture in the relentless fight for the LaLiga title. Hazard is back in the squad for the Whites, looking to extend their good run in the domestic competition and solidify their lead. Celta are this evening's opposition, having travelled to Madrid hoping for a second win on the bounce after they beat Sevilla last weekend (9:00pm CET).

Zidane's men's goal will be a sixth consecutive LaLiga victory, having gone unbeaten in the last 14 games in the competition, remaining unbeaten at home to date (8 wins, 3 draws). The team's defensive efforts as a unit has been key to this fine run of results. Indeed, the Whites have kept twelve clean sheets to ensure they have conceded the least goals across Europe's top five leagues (14).

“The key is to keep up the same focus and intensity”, explained Zidane in the press conference prior to the game. The French coach has named a 19-man squad. The big news is a return for Eden Hazard, who has recovered from the injury he sustained in the Champions League clash with PSG. “I'm thrilled to have him back because he's a special player”, said Zidane.

The opposition
Celta land at the Bernabéu with the intention of picking up points which will see them move up the table. The team led by Óscar García have so far managed four wins, eight draws and eleven defeats. The Galician side will be without the suspended Hugo Mallo, but do have one of the nation's leading scorers in their ranks in Iago Aspas, who has netted 8 goals in the championship to date.