They survived a serious scare in the 76th minute when Inigo Perez snatched the ball from Marcos Llorente and launched a 40-yard shot over the head of keeper Kiko Cassila that thumped the crossbar and came agonisingly close to crossing the line. "It's a good result for us".
Real coach Zidane usually leaps to the defence of his players after negative results but he was not in a forgiving mood on Sunday.
Celta Vigo, meanwhile, held a second-choice Barcelona side to a 1-1 draw and will look to spring the upset at home in hopes of climbing into the top half of the table. Despite the raft of absences Barca took the lead after 15 minutes through a neat Jose Arnaiz finish, but after a bright start they ceded control to the hosts.
Real stay fourth in the standings on 32 points while Barca have 48 although they have played one game more.
"I don't want any player to go from the squad".
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Real travelled to Vigo without Dani Carvajal, striker Karim Benzema and captain Sergio Ramos while Celta, who knocked Real out of the King's Cup last season, were emboldened after drawing 1-1 with Barca in the Cup on Thursday.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that he has no "need" for a new goalkeeper, despite reports suggesting that the club are on the verge of bringing in Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao. "He's strong physically and had good technique", added Conte. Sign up here for a free seven-day trial.
Tax evasion allegations by Spanish authorities have also damaged Ronaldo's resolve to stay, it's said.
Ramos will also miss the league game at home to Villarreal on January 13 and the King's Cup last 16 return leg at the Bernabeu three days earlier against Numancia, who they beat 3-0 in the first game, plus a possible quarter-final first leg.