Real Madrid: 5 players who must shine vs. Celta Vigo

Raphael Varane of Real Madrid (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)
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Celta Vigo, Iago Aspas
Celta Vigo, Iago Aspas (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid will face Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday as they look to bounce back from a 1-1 draw with Elche at mid-week.

Celta Vigo will be difficult opponents for Real Madrid on Matchday 17. They defeated Los Blancos in their last meeting, even though Real were the eventual champions and Vigo were on the cusp of relegation.

This season, Celta Vigo are a much more formidable side, and they are close to one of the Europa League spots. Experienced La Liga stars Iago Aspas and Nolito are leading the way, and you can argue that Aspas, who leads the league in total goal contributions, has been the Player of the Season even above Karim Benzema.

On Saturday night at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Benzema and Aspas will go head-to-head in what should be an entertaining matchup between one of the league’s title contenders and one of the league’s rebounding sides.

Here are five players on Real Madrid who must be at their best on Matchday 17 in order to ensure that Los Blancos return to their winning ways. Their unbeaten run is intact, but one point is hardly much of a consolation for Real against Elche. They will want the full three vs. Celta Vigo.