Karim Benzema, (c) Real Madrid Twitter.

3 talking points as Real Madrid dispatch off Celta Vigo away from home

Real Madrid continued their upturn in form towards the pointed end of the season, thanks to a third successive win in all competitions.

Real Madrid earned another successful result to keep probing for La Liga, courtesy of a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo at the Balaidos on Saturday evening. Los Blancos went to second in the league standings, at least temporarily. Karim Benzema was on the scoresheet twice and Marco Asensio also got himself a goal, whereas Santi Mina struck for the losing side.

Zinedine Zidane’s men put in a laborious display and were largely defensive for the second half. It was not the best of performances from the Merengues, but they would be happy to have won once again and stayed in the fight for the league crown. That said, the manager now has two weeks of international matches to plan on building over a third straight win.

Here is a look at the three talking points from the match.

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AN ATTACKING MIDFIELDER’S PRESENCE HELPS REAL MADRID

In each of their last three matches, Real Madrid have opted in favour of playing a double pivot and attacking midfielder, instead of the regular three-man midfield. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have switched often between the forward role and the team has benefited. The Whites are more creative through the central areas and not reliant on just crosses.

Kroos treated himself to two assists against Celta Vigo to move to the top of La Liga’s assist rankings of the season. Modric meanwhile has also claimed two assists in his last three appearances across all competitions. With fixtures against Barcelona and Liverpool on the horizon, this may be the right time for Zidane to have found another creative weapon.