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Karanka happy with strong Real squad

By Football News



Real Madrid assistant manager Aitor Karanka has hailed the club's strength in depth following their 2-0 victory at home to Celta Vigo.

Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo secured the relatively comfortable win in what was a largely uninspiring performance at Santiago Bernabeu.

But Karanka was full of praise for his side, who provisionally climbed to fourth, eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after eight matches.

"Everything was fine and well planned," he said. "It was a good defensive performance; all of the defenders have been very good throughout.

"Celta at the end were very dangerous and they threatened our full backs. Sergio (Ramos) on one flank had an excellent game and (Raphael) Varane always does well when he plays. Pepe was also excellent as usual."

Manager Jose Mourinho started playmakers Luka Modric, Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil alongside each other, ensuring his side dominated possession throughout the contest.

"There are players like Modric, Xabi Alonso and Ozil that are essential when you are building your team," Karanka said.

"You know that you can rely on these players to perform and can plan which games you play them together.

"When you are starting with these players you get a lot more possession.

"I was sad for (Sami) Khedira who missed out. It was a pity he was injured because he is in great form, but the good thing is the strength in depth we have as a squad."