Doubled between pain and misfortune, Renato Tapia went through a frustrating game, limping after accumulating jams, decisive in an error that led to the second goal for Real Madrid. A blur, in short, in the excellent campaign of the Peruvian midfielder, after Iago Aspas, the most essential footballer for Celta, the midfielder who recovers the most balls in LaLiga on a par with Casemiro.
In one of those appointments that can serve as a showcase for him, Tapia accumulated stumbling blocks and stumbling blocks. A stomp from Lucas Vázquez midway through the first half made him limp in each support for several ordeal minutes. Before the break a new blow made him stagger: as his teammates retired to the dugout he collapsed on the grass sore in the lower part of the back. Not even so did he get out of the game.
“The first half hour we were like floating when Madrid had the ball. Then we get our pride ”, said striker Santi Mina at the end of the match. “We were late to the game. After 25 minutes another game started ”, agreed the celestial coach, Chacho Coudet. The activation of Celta to adjust to the pressure is usually piloted by Tapia, who clenched his teeth to raise lines and especially assist in the coverage. He penalized for being poorly outlined in an exit of the ball from his own area and Benzema punished his team with the second goal. “Before the game we talked about not making mistakes when taking the ball from the inside, but I make mistakes,” explained Coudet.
Not even so did Tapia surrender, again injured after the break in two encounters with Modric. The second of them caused a foul that Aspas crashed into the post after Casemiro’s deflection. At that point, already in the final stretch of the game, Tapia was already launching the pressure on the edge of the rival area before ending the game as a central defender. And bruised by so much misfortune.
Neither Tapia nor Celta made the effort to break with tradition. “It’s never easy to play here,” explained merengue defender Nacho. But the statistics deny him. Balaídos is a white garden, a regular recreational space for the capital’s team, who won in Vigo in six of their last seven visits to the championship. In the other he got a draw. And in all those half a dozen wins he always scored more than two goals. In Galician fiefdom, both teams have already met fifteen times so far this century, Celta barely won two. Madrid took all three points in twelve.
“The reality is that the main objective is permanence,” Coudet wanted to reduce after the defeat, reluctant to enter to assess whether the game would have been another if Celta had tied in the lack of Aspas that ended up on the stick. “He would or would not exist in football,” he settled.