Real Madrid: 5 key players to watch against Celta Vigo on Matchday 28

Real Madrid, Ferland Mendy (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Rodrygo
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Real Madrid  RW Rodrygo Goes

Rodrygo will likely start against Vigo, as he’s a part of Real’s best XI when fully fit. Vinicius Junior has earned another start on the strength of his play against Atalanta, but MARCA interestingly has Marco Asensio, who scored with his first touch off the bench, in the lineup.

No matter what, Rodrygo is a good bet to start, considering his ability to play on the left or right. In either case, he’ll have an intriguing matchup. If he starts on the left, he’ll go up against La Liga veteran Hugo Mallo. On the right, his dribbling will be limited, but he’ll have an easier matchup against a more offensive fullback in Aaron Martin. Rodrygo has a good chance at taking center stage on Matchday 28.

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Celta Vigo FW Santi Mina

Iago Aspas is the star of the attack, but Santi Mina could be the X-Factor for Celta Vigo on Saturday at the Balaidos. The former Valencia man with four goals in his last six La Liga matches, including a goal in a 2-2 draw with league leaders Atletico Madrid in early February and a brace against Elche immediately after that.

Santi Mina’s inconsistency is usually the story, but the 25-year-old has no shortage of talent. When he’s confident and dribbling at defenders, he can cause huge problems. Real Madrid must be wary of the threat he and Aspas carry together on the counter.