A win or a draw in the match postponed from February because of bad weather will move Madrid past Barcelona into first place going into the weekend's final round of matches. "We know that they're a good opponent and it'll be hard, just like it was against Sevilla and will be against Malaga".
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane deserves much of the credit for Ronaldo's recent form, as he's deployed his bench expertly all season and kept his first team fresh for the stretch run. Should the ill-feeling translate to the pitch it can surely only help Celta, and even Barcelona, with Ronaldo, Isco and Lucas Vazquez all one yellow card away from missing the final game against Malaga.
Real also face a date with Juventus in the Champions League final in 18 days time where they will hope to have their lynchpin Ronaldo firing on all pistons.
However, ten minutes in the visitors were in front as the ball dropped on the edge of the area, with Cristiano Ronaldo shifting it on to his left foot and smacking home an unstoppable effort.
"He's always there in the decisive moments", he added. I have rested a bit more this year, to be good at the end of the season.
For Celta there was another opportunity to move on from the missed opportunity of last week's Europa League semi-final loss to Manchester United, which took them so close to a date with Ajax.
"We must play very well and like we did in our (victorious) Copa del Rey tie to be able to overcome them".
Celta responded with Jonny forcing a save from Keylor Navas, before Cabral headed over from a Daniel Wass cross and Sisto fired an effort over the crossbar.
"We scored early and then had 20 hard minutes", added Zidane.
There were not too many other opportunities for the away fans to get excited about in the first period, but Ronaldo made Celta pay for their wastefulness with a second just after the break, rounding off a devastating counter-attack.
Ronaldo and Isco celebrate.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Celta did manage to pull a goal back when Guidetti's effort deflected past the helpless Navas off Ramos.
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