For the fourth time in seven seasons, Real Madrid enter the Champions League as title holders after beating Liverpool in last year’s final. Los Blancos have made a flawless start to the new La Liga campaign, winning all four of their matches with 11 goals scored and just four conceded, though they were made to fight hard in the most recent 2-1 victory against Real Betis.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men face a Celtic side brimming with confidence after a 4-0 win over arch-rivals Rangers left them five points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table after just six games. Of course, Ange Postecoglou will be well aware of the unique challenge of facing a team like Real Madrid, but a bouncing Celtic Park crowd will do its best to bridge the gap in talent between these two teams. The atmosphere will be even more electric considering this is Celtic’s first Champions League group stage match since the 2017/18 season.
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Celtic vs Real Madrid match stats
Celtic have wasted no time in stamping down their domestic authority, opening the Scottish Premiership season with six wins from six, with a whopping 25 goals scored and just one conceded. Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada have been the stars with six goals apiece, but nine different players have already found the net for the Bhoys.
Naturally, it’s been a little more complicated for Real Madrid, but they still hold a 100% record of their own in La Liga play. Vinicius Jr has been the catalyst so far, scoring in each of his last three appearances, but at the other end, Thibaut Courtois will be looking for his first clean sheet since the 2-0 Uefa Super Cup win over Eintracht Frankfurt in early August.
Celtic have won just eight of 38 previous meetings with Spanish clubs, while this is Real Madrid’s first clash against a Scottish team since losing the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup final against Sir Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen in 1983.