Celta Vigo took advantage of Marcelo weakness in Real Madrid draw – Daniel Wass

Celta Vigo took advantage of Marcelo weakness in Real Madrid draw – Daniel Wass

Celta Vigo focussed their gameplan for the match against Real Madrid on Marcelo‘s unwillingness to track back, according to winger Daniel Wass.

Wass, 28, opened the scoring in the 2-2 draw on Sunday having run into a wide gap left by Marcelo, before Gareth Bale scored twice before half-time to turn the game in Madrid’s favour. But the Dane set up Maximiliano Gomez on the 82nd minute to earn Celta a draw.

Marcelo captained Madrid for the match in the absence of the injured Sergio Ramos, and according to Wass, the Brazilian was targeted for his defensive weaknesses.

“We knew that Marcelo did not always want to run back and we would use that which we did great here and it is always special to score against such a team,” Wass is quoted by Danish football website bold.dk.

“I received a good ball from Iago Aspas and saw that [Keylor] Navas was a little too far out of his goal, and when he covered the angles, I could do nothing but try to chip it. When that succeeds, it is of course absolutely perfect.

“It’s rare to score such goals, and that’s also one of my best and most special in my career. It was a perfect goal to score in such a big match.

“Especially against Real Madrid we played really well. We created a lot of chances against a team that usually stands well on the track.

“We checked the second half completely and did not give anything to them, so it was a very good match from our side.”

The draw saw Madrid fall further behind league leaders Barcelona, sitting fourth, 16 points adrift and without a win in their past four away matches in La Liga.

Real Madrid’s defensive problems

Defending La Liga and Champions League champions, Madrid look unlikely to retain either crown this season and that is down, in part, to their defence.

Averaging 27 defensive actions per game in La Liga so far this season, Madrid’s players have made six defensive errors – only Real Betis and Alaves have made more than the defending champions.

And three of those errors have direct led to goals for their opponents, including two goalkeeping errors.

Madrid have also received more red cards than any other La Liga team this season (four), with captain Ramos being sent off twice.