For some time now, the Celta chose a path, a path different from the one it had traveled for decades. Surely it conditioned the scenario, as many years as local in a field that in winter was usual to have access to some woods that saved puddles and mudflats. The Celta spent years in the mud, but in the nineties he dropped the ball to the floor and there he goes. He does not do badly: in 21 of the last 27 seasons he joined the top flight and stepped on eight European soil campaigns. In the club there were those who were blinded in the belief that this was their natural place and at the end of last season they liquidated Juan Carlos Unzué and his team, which went with Luis Enrique to the national team. The Celta was looking for something and the Argentine Antonio Mohamed did not give it to him. Four days ago, gave a swerve, dismissed the coach and called the Portuguese Miguel Cardoso. Captain Hugo Mallo speaks: "With him we are organized and more tactically worked".
Cardoso distills a professorial aura. In fact he is a teacher. Son and brother of teachers in physical education, he taught in several secondary schools before joining the structure of Oporto. He worked in various destinations as a physical trainer, tactical and strategy analyst, assistant coach or head of nurseries and always accompanied the label that points to the theorists, not always free of suspicion in football. With 45 years and without a past as a professional footballer he received his first assignment as head of a team a little over a year ago, Rio Ave. He finished fifth in the Portuguese league and leader in a classification that reveals the football he promotes: nobody gave more passes in the Portuguese competition.
4/17/2018 Celta-Barcelona 2-2
2-12-2017 Barcelona-Celta 2-2
4-3-2017 Barcelona-Celta 5-0
2-10-2016 Celta-Barcelona 4-3
14-2-2016 Barcelona-Celta 6-1
23-9-2015 Celta-Barcelona 4-1
5-4-2015 Celta-Barcelona 0-1
1-11-2014 Barcelona-Celta 0-1
Cardoso likes football that overcomes lines through the combination and that leads to loss after the team is grouped to try to recover the ball as soon as possible. They say that it seduces him to sit in front of the television and see Betis de Quique Setién, the only team, next to a triumph of Madrid in the Supercopa, which he won at the Camp Nou in the last two years. It is not bad reference to propose a match at the home of Barcelona, although Cardoso points: "We are not the Betis nor we carry behind the work they have with their coach, although we have our way of doing things."
Celta has qualified with Cardoso regarding Mohamed. As for idea and as for men. The goalkeeper has changed. Rubén Blanco replaces Sergio Álvarez and he pays, more would be missing, to the faith in the coach that has put him to play. "With Mohamed the team was lost. Now there are new ideas and we football players believe in them. " The two criticadísimos Argentine central, Cabral and Roncaglia, have left the eleven. The second does not even enter the call for Barcelona. They play in their place the Mexican Araújo and the canterano David Costas, that also had an ephemeral step by the blaugrana branch. Also on this day, in the absence of the sanctioned Juncà, it seems likely that debuts the Slovak Mazan, unpublished in League. The change in the spine is completed with the relief in the midfielder where Okay, the most physical midfielder of the squad, and Jozabed took over from Fran Beltrán and Lobotka, although he was burdened by the arrival of Cardoso an injury of which is already recovered. "We have retaken the previous line, that of being protagonists with the ball, many things that we had been doing before Mohamed arrived", values Jozabed, who with the previous coach did not play for a minute.
Cardoso has designed a new map with different compasses used by Mohamed, but Iago Aspas is still at liberty, Brais Mendez grows, Maxi Gómez does not stop scoring goals and Boufal, a goldsmith of the dribble, has established himself ahead of Pione Sisto or Emre Mor. Celta has dynamite and seven points of twelve possible have reaffirmed the team, which is also encouraged by the precedents. Because if he has to play against a big Celta he is good at Barcelona, perhaps because it is the mirror in which he looks. In the last eight league games that crossed just three lost the celestes, including a triumph four years ago at the Camp Nou with Berizzo in the Galician bench and Luis Enrique and Unzué in Catalan, a fact that contrasts with the statistics they maintain with the Real Madrid, before which only rescued a tie in those last eight appointments. Neither Atlético is better at Celta because they have lost their last six games against the Atlético. Even so Cardoso warns: "We will have to reach the individual and collective limits in order to compete against Barcelona". And just in case he throws another warning: "The match is just a point and followed. There will be more".