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Real Madrid fall 16 points behind Barcelona after draw with Celta Vigo

08 January 2018

"It's true that here we have had important injuries to important players".

Real Madrid is suffering in the league this season.

Ramos will also miss the league game at home to Villarreal on January 13 and the King's Cup last 16 return leg at the Bernabeu three days earlier against Numancia, who they beat 3-0 in the first game, plus a possible quarter-final first leg.

'I can't imagine a Real Madrid without Cristiano, not at all, ' Zidane said prior to Real Madrid meeting with Celta Vigo.

Celta appealed for Navas to be sent off when he felled Aspas and was only shown a yellow card while the Costa Rican was also let off when he stepped off his line before diving to his right to palm away the striker's spot-kick.

Having played their first match of the year in the city of Soria on Thursday evening in the Copa Del Rey against Numancia, Real Madrid are on the road once more this weekend for their first league encounter in 2018. We made many mistakes.

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Barcelona had seen their lead over nearest challengers Atletico Madrid reduced to six points on Saturday but restored the gap to nine after Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Paulinho scored in a routine win over Levante.

Celta, meanwhile, are priced at 9/2 (5.50) and the Galicians, who are usually strong at home, have only managed three wins in eight league games in front of their own fans this season.

Brazilian worldwide Paulinho added an extra shine to the win by tapping in as the game drew to a close.

"It is how it looks from the outside - we are sad, angry and we feel like we are sinking", Brazilian defender Marcelo told reporters.

But Maxi Gomez's headed goal in the 82nd minute ensured the match finished in a 2-2 draw and piled more pain on Zinedine Zidane's side, who had lost 3-0 to arch rivals and runaway leaders Barca in their last Liga outing.

Real Madrid fall 16 points behind Barcelona after draw with Celta Vigo