Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid: 6 Things We Learned

Paul Wilkes@@paulwilkesfootyFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid: 6 Things We Learned

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    Two consecutive draws have left Real Madrid as the outsiders for the title, when they had it all in front of them.

    Having watched Barcelona draw and Atletico Madrid lose last weekend, they knew that six points out of six would put them level with their city rivals at the top of the table.

    Those dropped points meant they were four off the top going into this match.

    Celta Vigo manager Luis Enrique is a former Madrid player, but he is better known for his ties with Barcelona.

    Enrique is the favourite for the managerial position at the Camp Nou and loves nothing more to wind up the team where he once plied his trade.

    Here are six things we learned from Celta Vigo's match with Real Madrid.

Ancelotti Has Put All His Eggs in the Champions League Basket

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    The team selection confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti thought there was little chance of his side winning the league, but results elsewhere meant it was another missed opportunity.

    Injuries in defence meant that he was forced into fielding certain players, though, he could have been more bolder in attacking areas.

    There were some doubts over the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo prior to the match, so it wasn't a shock that he wasn't involved.

    Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Angel Di Maria were also left out, as Los Blancos were beaten.

Real Madrid Didn't Believe They Were in the Title Race

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    It's not surprising after they failed to win their two previous matches, but Madrid was lacklustre and disappointing throughout.

    An early goal could have put a bit of pressure on their title rivals and sent out a message that they weren't finished.

    They were never up to the challenge mentally, and that should be of some concern.

    A victory would have put Real Madrid only two points behind with the final game to play.

    Despite the rotation on display, there was still a strong team on the pitch, and the mistakes made by senior members of the squad highlighted the lack of belief.

The Return of Sami Khedira Is Good News for Real Madrid and Germany

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    Whenever a player has been missing for such a long period of time, it's always a welcome boost for the squad.

    With Xabi Alonso suspended for the final of the Champions League, there is a central midfield void waiting to be filled.

    The German played just under an hour at Balaidos, and it was a much needed workout for him.

    It will take a number of weeks, perhaps months, to get back to full fitness, but having Sami Khedira around is positive for Madrid and his national side.

Enrique Can Take on the Best and Win

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    It wasn't quite an audition for the main job at Barcelona, but this result and performance could certainly have done little harm for his prospects.

    The style was evident in the early stages of the match, and there was a certain amount of pragmatism in the second half, as his team defended deeper.

    As manager of Roma, he beat Internazionale, Udinese and Napoli, but this was his best result as a top-flight coach.

Charles Is Happy to Take Advantage of Opponents' Mistakes

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    The Brazilian forward isn't even his team's leading goalscorer, but he still took his tally to 12 for the season.

    He closed down Sergio Ramos to win the ball for the opener and then latched onto Xabi Alonso's poor pass back to settle the game.

    Charles took both his goals extremely well and showed great composure given the circumstances.

    It was his second brace this term after his two goals beat Valencia back in January.

Real Madrid Have a Striker Called Willian Jose

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    Charles wasn't the only Brazilian striker to feature in the match. With Real Madrid desperate for a goal to get back into the game, Ancelotti opted to send on Willian Jose.

    The forward has spent the season on loan at Real Madrid Castilla from Uruguayan club Deportivo Maldonado.

    At 22, he has spent the majority of his career to date in Brazil, as he has been sent back to gain experience.

    He had little impact during this game—with one header that he couldn't get on target and a shot from distance his only contributions towards goal.