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Karanka calls for Real's cutting edge

Created on 11 Mar., 2013 7:55 AM GMT

Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka believes the Spanish champions are lacking creative spark in attack.

The Liga giants emerged 2-1 winners over Celta Vigo on Sunday thanks to a double from Cristiano Ronaldo, but were made to work hard for the victory.

In his post-match press conference, Karanka asserted Real were struggling to create chances in their opponents' final third.

"The most important thing is to create chances. Last year, we had a lot, this year there are slow to come, but they will eventually come.

"The first 20 minutes saw us struggle to get into the match, we couldn't find a way in, but in the last 15 minutes, we controlled the game a bit more.

"We were able to finish the match, but the goals didn't come. They also had chances and slowly created goal-scoring opportunities, and in the end, they could have equalised, which would have been a shame."

The 39-year-old also commented on Celta's chances of retaining their status in the top tier amid the serious threat of relegation with Paco Herrera's side currently second from bottom in La Liga.

He added: "(Celta) have a lot of people in attendance and have good, quality players.  It's hard to say whether they will be among the bottom three or not, but they are working hard."

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