Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid started 2014 how they ended 2013: with three points.
Celta Vigo were the visitors on Spain’s Three Kings Day in a match which Los Blancos couldn’t afford to drop points in given the gap between themselves and Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
It wasn’t easy though.
The visitors were resilient, arguably having the best chances through their lone striker Charles before Karim Benzema eventually opened the scoring half way through the second period.
Jese Rodriguez, fresh from the substitutes’ bench, sent a ball across goal which the Frenchman deflected beyond Yoel into the corner of the goal.
With Celta’s resilience broke, Madrid, and Cristiano Ronaldo particularly, took the chance to add a gloss to the score line as they eventually ran out 3-0 victors.
Here are the talking points from Monday night’s La Liga clash.