Celades wins Mestalla with the 'forest mood'

The coach comes from winning the derbies and advancing in the Champions League. He has on his side a locker room that was mourning Marcelino.


Abert Celades (Barcelona, 1975) spent 138 days on the Real Madrid bench as assistant to Julen Lopetegui. After six years in the inferiors of the National Team (Under-16, Under-21 and Absolute), Celades did not hesitate to attend the call of Lopetegui, although the adventure was ephemeral. Lopetegui is one of its references. Publicly said by Celades himself. Another is Vicente Del Bosque, of which he was a collaborator in La Roja (as Javier Miñano). From them he learned a lot from what he knows and also from Johan Cruyff, his mentor in Barcelona as a player.

Celades, who played 101 matches with Real Madrid, coinciding with Zidane (with which he conquered La Novena), arrived 93 days ago at Mestalla. He did it at a strange and complicated juncture, with a costume in mourning fanatic for Marcelino's goodbye and with a tense environment to see how Peter Lim dismantled a champion project, because in parallel to the Asturian Mateu Alemany would leave.

Celades was put to that social impact by how many pejorative sambenitos there are in football (since he had the 'L' on his back until he was classified as a vase coach). But Celades took advantage of the Del Bosque mood to not enter into controversies in the press room (neither a bad response nor an excuse, nor flashy headlines and always respecting the inheritance received) and, above all, to win day by day, decision after decision ( Guedes, on the bench; Ferran, headline; Thierry, without playing), at the locker room, which is the best legacy left by the tandem Alemany-Marcelino.

Celades has gone through two critical moments in Valencia and they were redone thanks to the commitment of the costumes. From 5-2 with the one that premiered at Camp Nou, to 0-1 at Stamford Bridge; from a 3-1 in Pamplona to four games without losing. "His good character as a person seems to have no personality, but it is not so, he is affectionate with the player, but not weak, cold in his decisions that, above all, are respectful of the player and very fair," Ginés Meléndez recently confessed. , who caught him for RFEF.

Now Celades comes to the duel against Real Madrid on the crest of the wave, after winning the derbies against Villarreal and Levante and qualifying Valencia for the round of 16 of the Champions League seven years later. Valencia had never won in the new San Mamés and did it with Celades, Valencia in continental competition had only won until this year at the home of a European champion (in Liverpool, with Benítez) and with Celades he triumphed in that of Chelsea and Ajax.



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