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Celta Vigo - The Return of Makélélé

Started on 13 January 2016 by MeanGreenKillingMachine
Latest Reply on 24 March 2016 by Griffo
Based on your league form I am backing you to get through to the next round!
Griffo: Not gonna lie, I am quietly confident of going through at Newcastle's expense haha
Very interesting draw to see you against Newcastle.. All the best!
new to this thread, great stuff buddy keep it up.
Jack: Yeah it's interesting to see them in Europe! in this save! They've been pretty good in the competition through so it should be a good game.

LFCxNATH: Welcome to the site mate, thanks for your kind words :)

Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg
Celta 2 - 1 Newcastle
Sergio - Foulquier Costas Gomez Planas - A. Lopez Augusto (c) - Sarabia (Fontas '82) Hernandez (Wass '71) Bongonda - Guidetti (Lopez '56)
Goals: Sissoko ('24), Bongonda ('41), Sarabia ('66)
MoM: Dimitri Foulquier

Celta's first match of March was their Europa League test against Premier League team Newcastle United. With 30,500 Galician fans in Balaidos, the teams walked onto the pitch to roars of encouragement, with Newcastle's travelling contingent also in good voice. The away fans had got something to cheer about first, as French attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko scored the tie's first goal. Mitrovic robbed Sergi Gomez on the edge of the box, and surged forward before laying the ball off to Sissoko, who took a touch and smashed the ball past Alvarez to score an important away goal. Both teams had chances after the goal, Mitrovic almost scoring a goal of his own only to see his shot blocked by Costas, and John Guidetti's header being saved by Newcastle 'keeper Maurice Gamble. Celta did manage to equalise through young starlet Bongonda, who tucked the ball home after Alex Lopez's long range shot was parried by Gamble. The winger wildly celebrated his equaliser, running over to the home fans who cheered his goal. Some great saves from Sergio Alvarez kept the scores level, and the teams went into the tunnel at 1-1. Twenty minutes into the second half, los Celestes managed to take the lead for the first time. An interception from Foulquier found its way to Sarabia, who sprinted down the right wing and fired a looping cross into the box. The ball didn't find any Celta players in the box, but did deceive Newcastle's 'keeper and rebounded over the line off the left hand post. Despite it being a very flukey goal, Sarabia was delighted with his effort, and it proved enough to give Celta a first leg win and a decent platform to take to St James' Park.

Celta 2 - 1 Real Madrid
Sergio (c) - Mallo Cabral Gomez (Alende '74) Jonny - Fontas Madinda Hernandez (B. Fernandez '58) - Hupperts (Wass '10) Sarabia - Guidetti
Goals: Isco ('34), Guidetti (pen '42, '60)
MoM: John Guidetti

Celta followed up their excellent Europa League performance with another giant killing, beating Real Madrid at Balaidos. The game started with both teams having shots, James Rodriguez coming closest with a shot from a tight angle that was saved by Alvarez. The capital city side took the lead ten minutes from half time, Isco firing home a volley from a Danilo cross. It didn't take long for Celta to equalise though, Madrid defender Aleksandar Dragovic leaving his leg out and bringing down Daniel Wass in the box. John Guidetti confidently dispatched the penalty, hitting the ball under Keylor Navas to make the score 1-1 going into half time. Fifteen minutes into the second half, a tackle from Borja Fernandez on on Kroos allowed the Celta midfielder to win the ball, and play a fantastic ball forward for Guidetti. The Swedish striker outpaced Ramos and hammered the ball home, giving Celta the lead for the first time in the match. The home side showed great composure to tighten up and keep Madrid from getting back into the game. A fantastic victory for Makélélé's side and they will be very pleased with this win.

Europa League Round of 16 2nd Leg
Newcastle 2 - 2 Celta
Sergio - Mallo Cabral Gomez Jonny - Fontas (Lopez '62) Wass Augusto (c) - Sandro (B. Fernandez '85) Bongonda (Sarabia '53) - Guidetti
Goals: Perez ('53), Thauvin ('64), Guidetti ('70, '84)
MoM: John Guidetti

A very creditable draw for Celta in England, and one that secures their place in the quarter finals of the Europa League. The first half passed without much excitement, Celta having set up rather defensively, playing Andreu Fontas in front of the back four, and the Magpies could not find a way past the defence. With the second half underway, Celta nearly took the lead when Sandro found himself in space, but his shot was pushed just wide of the right hand post by Maurice Gamble. Newcastle finally managed to breach Celta's defence, when some good passing play between Thauvin and Siem de Jong allowed the latter to find Ayoze Perez. The Spaniard took a quick touch, and didn't hesitate to slide the ball under Sergio Alvarez to give Newcastle the lead in the tie. The Premier League team added a second just ten minutes later, Florian Thauvin finishing into an empty net after Alvarez acrobatically saved a long range effort from Perez. The former Marseille player was delighted with his goal, which made the score 3-2 to Newcastle on aggregate. A berating from Claude Makélélé on the touchline seemed enough to put the fire back into Celta, and their hero from their last game, John Guidetti managed to score twice in fifteen minutes to secure Celta's victory in the tie. Guidetti's first goal was a fantastic diving header from a cross from Sarabia, his second a terrific finish from the edge of the box. The Swede's late goals were enough to give Celta a draw on the night, and a 4-3 victory on aggregate.

Celta 2 - 0 Eibar
Sergio - Mallo (Foulquier '85) Cabral Fontas Planas - Madinda Augusto (c) (A. Lopez '59) - Sandro Lopez Sarabia - Guidetti (Señe '65)
Goals: Sarabia ('3), Lopez ('90+3)
MoM: Pablo Sarabia

Makélélé's team continued their unbeaten run against relegation threatened Eibar. Levy Madinda almost scored after just a minute and a half, but his effort flew agonisingly over the bar. Sarabia did take the lead early on, following a Hugo Mallo cross. The former Getafe winger was there to meet the ball with the side of his boot and send it into the roof of the net for his fifth of the season. Celta came close to scoring several times throughout the first half, but some poor finishing as well as good defending from Eibar kept the score at 1-0, and the half time whistle blew with los Celestes in the league. Eibar seemed to get back into the game in the second half, but they came up against an in form Sergio Alvarez, who made some excellent saves to maintain Celta's lead. The Galician side sealed the game with just a minute left on the clock, Nicolas Lopez firing home after a great pass from Josep Señe. Another good home win from Celta and extends their unbeaten run to four games.

Levante 2 - 0 Celta
Sergio - Mallo Costas Fontas Jonny - Madinda (A. Lopez '75) Augusto (c) - Sandro Lopez (Hernandez '90) Sarabia (Bongonda '59) - Guidetti
Goals: Garcia ('4), Berg ('44)
MoM: Ruben Garcia

A very disappointing result for Celta and their fans, as they fell to a very well drilled Levante side. Man of the match Ruben Garcia set the tone for the game by scoring a simple finish when Marcus Berg squared the ball for him. Despite no lack of trying, with Costas having a goalbound header saved by Mariño and a powerful effort from Guidetti rebounding off the post, and Levante managed to score again just before half time. Berg picked up an amazing ball from Fede Vicoi and smashed the ball past Alvarez to double Levante's lead. The second half passed very similarly, Celta failing to find a goal that could get them back into the match, and the final whistle blew with los Celestes losing their first in four matches.

Celta 3 - 1 Cordoba
Sergio - Mallo Goldar (Gomez '49) Costas Planas - A. Lopez Augusto (c) - Sandro Señe (Lopez '62) Sarabia (Bongonda '81) - Guidetti
Goals: Guidetti ('31, '44, pen '69), Guillermo ('55)
MoM: John Guidetti

Celta atoned for their failure with a good win in their last game of the month against bottom of the table Cordoba. Hat trick hero Guidetti scored his first half an hour into the game, rifling home a low cross from Sandro, and added another just a minute before half time, this time dinking a skillful finish past Cordoba's 'keeper. The first half ended with los Celestes firmly in control, unfortunately just four minutes into the second half, centre back David Goldar, touted by Makélélé as a potential long term replacement for Gustavo Cabral, was taken off with a back strain. Cordoba scored ten minutes into the half to give their fans some hope, Spanish striker Guillermo gliding past David Costas and firing past Alvarez. Any hope of a comeback for the away side was snuffed out when John Guidetti managed to complete his hat track, scoring from the spot after Cordoba centre back Bruno shoved Sergi Gomez in the box. A good win for Celta at the end of the month, winning four of their six matches.

League Table

1. Real Madrid (70pts)
2. FC Barcelona (66pts)
3. Celta (61pts)
4. Valencia (56pts)

5. Atletico (55pts)
6. Getafe (50pts)

16. Real Sociedad (32pts)
17. Almeria (31pts)
18. Eibar (28pts)
19. Real Valladolid (22pts)
20. Cordoba (21pts)

Celta are still in 3rd place in the league, and look set to qualify for the Champions League next season. They're also through to the quarter finals of the Europa League after beating Newcastle 4-3 on aggregate.

Player of the Month

Celta's recently appointed vice captain Sergio Alvarez has been amazing this month, reacting to his new responsibility with some very impressive performances. His saves against Real Madrid and Eibar in the league, as well as against Newcastle in the Europa League, have been invaluable to Claude Makélélé and hopefully he continues in this form till the end of the season.
GREAT! win over Real Madrid and advancing in Europe.. great stuff!
Very good month, just a shame that you lost against Levante when youd beaten Real earlier in the month!
Griffo: Thanks mate!

mgriffin2012: Yeah it was a bit disappointing, the win against Madrid was awesome but I guess the price was losing later on in the month.
Celta face Roma in Europa League Quarter Final

After their excellent games against Newcastle United, Celta Vigo will play another tough team, this time AS Roma of Italy. Vincenzo Montella's side progressed at the expense of Feyenoord, who they beat 2-0 on aggregate in the previous round. Claude Makélélé's side have surprised almost everyone this season, finishing top of their group and playing extremely well to reach this stage of the Europa League. However, they will have to keep up this fantastic form if they hope to beat Roma, a team with far more experience in European competition in recent years than Celta. The Serie A side have been drawn to play at home first, so Los Celestes will face a tough trip to the Olimpico in April.

Claude Makélélé had this to say on the draw: "Newcastle were definitely a tough ask, but everyone saw how well we played against them. While Roma are obviously a very good team, we've got no reason to fear them, and we'll just go out there and play our game, same as every other match. I know my players have the confidence and the ability to go through, and there's no reason we shouldn't do just that."
Celta's manager has overseen one of their most impressive seasons, with the club sitting high in the league and progressing steadily in Europe.

Fellow Liga BBVA side Real Betis will also play against opposition from the Serie A, Milanese giants Inter Milan. The Nerazzuri beat Celta's group rivals, Olympique Marseille, 2-1 on aggregate, whereas Betis had to rely on a magnificent performance away from home to knock out Zenit by 3 goals to 1 on aggregate.

The quarter final ties are as follows:

Tottenham v Lazio

Inter Milan v Real Betis

Stuttgart v Liverpool

Roma v Celta

Potentially a tricky tie but you're Celta side looks like it has the ability to beat the best of teams!
Could be a difficult fixture, best of luck!
mgriffin2012: No opponent is too big for Makélélé ;)

Griffo: Thanks man
Real Sociedad 1 - 2 Celta
Sergio - Mallo Cabral (Gomez '55) Fontas Jonny ('88) - Wass Augusto (c) (Foulquier '88) - Sandro Lopez Bongonda - Guidetti (B. Fernandez '66)
Goals: Nielsen ('5), Guidetti ('47), Wass ('48)
MoM: Daniel Wass

Celta heaped more worries upon troubled Real Sociedad by taking all three points at Anoeta. The Basque side have been really underperforming this season, and find themselves four points off the relegation spots with just eight matches left to play. The game seemed to have started well for the home side, Norwegian striker Havard Nielsen smashing the ball home from a free kick to give Sociedad an early lead. Celta did have attempts on goal as the half wore on, but saw their efforts either blocked by Sociedad defenders or saved by an in form Geronimo Rulli. The Galician side did manage to equalise not long before half time however. Guidetti started an excellent counter attack, receiving the ball from a Gustavo Cabral interception and passing it to Bongonda. The winger jinked past Mikel Gonzalez and drove down the left flank, getting to the endline before putting in a teasing low cross for the man who started the move, John Guidetti, to turn in and level the scores. The pair combined again to nearly take the lead for Celta just two minutes before half time, but Guidetti's cross was just behind his Belgian team mate and the ball was cleared by a defender. Not two minutes into the second half, Los Celestes did score, Daniel Wass being payed through by Sandro and unleashing a wicked, curling shot that Rulli had no chance of saving. Despite left back Jonny picking up two yellow cards towards the end of the game, the Danish midfielder's goal proved to be the winner, and Celta can be pleased at another comeback victory against Los Txuri-Urdin.

Villareal 6 - 2 Celta
Sergio - Mallo Cabral (Costas '45) Fontas Planas - Wass (Madinda '79) Augusto (c) - Hupperts Lopez Bongonda (Sarabia '58) - Guidetti
Goals: Bakambu ('15, '37, '50, '69), Guidetti ('18), Trigueros ('42, '72), Lopez ('64)
MoM: Cedric Bakambu

A quite incredible game with eight goals in all, as Villareal put on a vintage attacking display to shock Celta. Congolese forward Bakambu was the undoubted star of the show, netting four of his side's goals. His first came from a Jaume Costa cross, Bakambu flicking off the ball of the top his head, which was enough to deceive Alvarez in Celta's goal. The away side quickly responded, John Guidetti scoring his second goal of the month with a left footed finish from just inside the box. With the scores now level, Villareal turned up the pressure to really impose themselves on the match. Bakambu grabbed another goal, a lapse of concentration from Hugo Mallo allowing the forward to surge past him and easily finish past Sergio Alvarez. Midfielder Manu Trigueros also got on the scoreboard before half time, rolling the ball home to make the score 3-1 to the home team. El Submarino Amarillo didn't take their foot off the gas in the second half either, Bakambu completing his hat trick five minutes in with a powerful finish. Los Celestes managed to claw one back to make the score 4-2, Uruguayan Nicolas Lopez being played through by Daniel Wass and coolly slotting home. However that was to be Celta's last goal, as Bakambu and Trigueros both scored again to compound a miserable game for Celta and their supporters.

Celta 3 - 1 Getafe
Sergio - Mallo (Jonny '79) Cabral Gomez Planas - Madinda Augusto (c) - Sandro (Bongonda '68) Lopez Sarabia - Guidetti (Hernandez '61)
Goals: Madinda ('5), Guidetti (pen '32), Niang ('74), Sarabia ('90+3)
MoM: Pablo Sarabia

A good win for Celta at Balaidos, as they hammered Europa League chasing Getafe. Madinda got Celta off to a flying start, charging into box to meet a dangerous ball from Sarabia. The Gabonese midfielder's shot bounced off the leg of Getafe defender Cala and deceived the goalkeeper, rolling into the net for Madinda's first goal of the season. The home team doubled their lead when Carlos Vigaray shoved Cabral in the box at a corner. Celta top scorer Guidetti confidently smashed the ball under Guaita for his 21st goal of the season, and Celta seemed to be cruising to victory when the half time whistle went with the scores at 2-0. Getafe did get to claw one back half an hour into the second half when AC Milan loanee M'Baye Niang finished off a brilliant counter attack to finish from close range. Any hope of a comeback by Getafe was extinguished when former player Sarabia was slipped through by Pablo Hernandez and fired the ball into the roof of the net with just seconds left on the clock. A convincing win for Celta after their poor showing against Villareal, and they will take confidence from this result into their next game.

Europa League Quarter Final 1st Leg
Roma 0 - 1 Celta
Sergio - Mallo (Planas '74) Costas Gomez Jonny - Wass Augusto (c) (Madinda '45) - Sandro Lopez (Señe '63) Bongonda - Guidetti
Goals: Guidetti ('83)
MoM: Sergio Alvarez

An amazing result for Celta in Italy, as they came away with a vital away goal to take back to Balaidos for the second leg. Roma had the first big chance of the night, Edin Dzeko breaking away from Celta's defence before laying the ball of to Pjanic. The Bosnian fired a cracking shot at goal, but Sergio Alvarez brilliantly parried the ball over the bar. The goalkeeper had to make another amazing save not ten minutes later, when a cross from Gervinho was volleyed at goal by Dzeko, but Celta's vice captain instinctively dived and held onto the ball. The excellent form of Alvarez meant that the teams went into the tunnel at half time with the scores at 0-0. Celta did begin to grow into the game in the second half, hitting their opponents on the break but being constantly met with determined defending. Sergio Alvarez also kept up his display between the sticks, making an incredible double save to deny both Seydou Doumbia and Gervinho. A breakthrough finally came when some good passing play between Celta's midfielders allowed young advanced playmaker Josep Señe to open up space on the edge of Roma's box. Señe then played a killer ball forward, that Guidetti ran onto. Shrugging off the challenge of Leonardo Castan, the Swede easily struck the ball home to give the away fans something to cheer about. Guidetti's late goal proved to be decisive and gave Celta a massive win in an important fixture.

Celta 3 - 1 Athletic
Sergio - Foulquier Cabral Gomez Jonny - B. Fernandez Augusto (c) (A. Lopez '90) - Hupperts Señe Sarabia (Bongonda '69) - Guidetti (Sandro '45)
Goals: Guidetti ('3), Garcia ('34), Hupperts ('45), Sandro (pen '61)
MoM: Guus Hupperts

Another excellent win for Los Celestes, hammering fellow northerners Athletic Bilbao at home. The Galician team started very well, Guus Hupperts receiving the ball in the box and sidestepping past one defender, before squaring the ball for man of the moment John Guidetti to stick into the back of net just three minutes in. Athletic managed to strike back ten minutes from half time when Markel Susaeta looped a fantastic cross over Sergio Alvarez for attacking midfielder Raul Garcia to smash home from close range. The travelling fans would have thought that goal would be enough until the break, but Dutch winger Hupperts had other ideas. A dangerous low cross from Foulquier was all the invitation Hupperts needed to sprint forward and sidefoot the ball home to retake the lead just before half time. John Guidetti managed to get the ball in the net just thirty seconds into the second half after nodding home a cross from Hupperts, but the flag was raised for offside. Celta did manage to extend their lead on the hour mark however, when Ander Iturraspe gave away a penalty for Sandro knock down the middle for his sixth goal of the season. A strong home win for Celta, and they will be brimming with confidence when they face Roma at Balaidos next.

Europa League Quarter Final 2nd Leg
Celta 3 - 2 Roma
Sergio - Foulquier Cabral Gomez (Costas '68) Jonny - A. Lopez Augusto (c) Madinda '59) - Hupperts Señe Sarabia - Guidetti
Goals Guidetti ('7, '10, '16), Manolas ('55), Doumbia ('83)
MoM: John Guidetti

An amazing result for Celta that sees them progress to the semi finals on the Europa League. John Guidetti, who has scored in every game for Celta this month, put in another excellent performance, scoring a hat trick in the first fifteen minutes of the match. His first was an amazing solo goal, outwitting two defenders before surging towards goal and firing the ball past Alisson in Roma's goal. Pablo Sarabia set up his second, playing a great diagonal ball into Guidetti's path for him to strike home, then completing his hat trick just six minutes later after a mouth watering back pass from Josep Señe found the striker in acres of space. With the score 4-0 on aggregate, Roma tried to find their way back into the game in the first half, but again found Sergio Alvarez in good form, and the half time whistle blew with Celta firmly in control of the tie. Ten minutes into the second half, Greek defender Kostas Manolas got his head to a corner and turned the ball home to claw one back for Roma. They added another in the last few minutes of the match, former CSKA Moscow forward Doumbia hammering the ball home from close range. Despite the scare, Los Celestes held onto their two goal aggregate lead, and their fans exploded into cheers when the final whistle went. A truly fantastic result for a team who haven't played in any European competition for a decade.

Sevilla 0 - 1 Celta
Sergio - Mallo Costas Gomez Planas - A. Lopez (B. Fernandez '64) Augusto (c) - Sandro (Bongonda '15) Hernandez Sarabia - Lopez
Goals: Sandro ('8)
MoM: Augusto Fernandez

A tough away game of very few chances that nonetheless saw Celta come away with all three points. On loan Barça forward Sandro got himself an early goal, volleying home Hugo Mallo's cross less than ten minutes in. Unfortunately for him, a crunching tackle from Johan Djourou brought Sandro down, and he lay on the pitch clutching his foot until he was substituted. Despite getting into some good positions, Sevilla could not find a way past Celta's defenders, and despite having only three attempts at goal, Los Celestes managed to take all three points against a good team at their own stadium. A very good game for Makélélé's side, especially after a tough midweek game against Roma in the Europa League.

Celta 3 - 0 Espanyol
Sergio - Mallo Costas Gomez (Goldar '45) Jonny - Wass Augusto (c) - Hupperts (Madinda '64) Lopez Sarabia - Guidetti (Señe '45)
Goals: Hupperts ('28, '62), Wass ('72)
MoM: Guus Hupperts

A convincing win for Celta at the end of the month that keeps them high up in the league table. Despite a strong win, the match was marred by injuries to Celta's players, with Sergi Gomez, Guus Hupperts and John Guidetti all having to be withdrawn due to injury. Hupperts got the home side going with a fantastic individual goal just half an hour in, weaving between Espanyol's defenders and confidently striking the ball home. It proved to be the only real excitement in a dull first half, and the half time whistle went at 1-0. Hupperts added another goal on the hour mark, smashing home from close range after a goal mouth scramble following a corner. Despite Espanyol's best efforts, they couldn't get into the game at all, rarely threatening Sergio Alvarez in Celta's goal, and their misery was compounded when Daniel Wass hit a brilliant free kick from some twenty yards out to seal the win. A good result for Los Celestes, and a very good month too, having only lost their first game to Villareal.

League Table

1. Real Madrid (78pts)
2. FC Barcelona (74pts)
3. Celta (73pts)
4. Valencia (70pts)

5. Atletico (65pts)
6. Sevilla (54pts)

16. Real Betis (38pts)
17. Almeria (36pts)
18. Eibar (35pts)
19. Real Valladolid (29pts)
20. Cordoba (25pts)

Celta are 3rd in the table, and will definitely be playing Champions League football next season. They are also through the the semi finals of the Europa League, having beaten Roma in the quarters.

Player of the Month

With eight goals in the six games he appeared in this month, the player of the month award has to go to John Guidetti. His form has been absolutely spectacular, with his fifteen minute hat trick against Roma a real testament to his ability. Following this amazing month, the former Manchester City striker has been rewarded with a new contract, which he is delighted with. Dutch winger Guus Hupperts also gets an honorable mention, having played fantastically down the right wing and scoring three goals.

Great month although that result against Villarreal was bruuuutallll

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