Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas says his side cannot afford to take Real Madrid lightly when the pair meet at the Balaidos on Sunday. Los Blancos have endured a mixed campaign to date and three straight La Liga defeats saw them sack Julen Lopetegui after he only took over in the summer.
Santiago Solari has been placed in interim charge, beating Melilla, Real Valladolid and Viktoria Plzen, but he faces his toughest test to date in Galicia.
Celta have taken four points from their last couple of outings and usually raise their game for the big boys, already beating Atletico Madrid on home turf.
Aspas has been mooted as a player Real could turn to in January in a bid to cure their attacking woes and says that despite the uncertainty at the European champions, Los Celticos must be at the top of their game.
“It is true that in recent times, especially in Balaidos, we have played great games,” he told Marca. “Against Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico this season. “We do not know how Real Madrid will come with that change of coach.
They changed dynamics with the victory in the League. “They also have casualties but we expect a strong rival because they always have the best players.”