Real Madrid cruised to a comfortable victory over Celta Vigo, 4-1, in LaLiga’s second week of the season and the club’s first game since Casemiro departed for Manchester United. Karim Benzema scored first for Madrid and Iago Aspas equalized, but then Madrid turned it on and made it impossible for Celta Vigo to claw their way back in.
Luka Modric, Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde all scored in what would be an emphatic statement of intent from Real Madrid to put the rest of LaLiga on notice. ESPN’s Alex Kirkland has reaction from Abanca-Balaídos in Spain.
Here at Balaidos it was Aurelien Tchouameni — recruited at even greater expense earlier this summer — who stepped up to reassure Madrid fans that there is life after that legendary midfield trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
Kroos didn’t feature here, absent with flu, but Modric — still somehow getting better aged 36 — was majestic alongside Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga. He put Madrid ahead with a trademark curling shot before half-time and later played a visionary pass for Vinicius Junior to make it 3-1 after the break.