Brentford v Celta Vigo
Real Club Celta de Vigo are a La Liga side based on the North East coast of Spain. The Sky Blues have never won their nation’s top division nor have they captured the Copa del Rey.
Since the turn of the millennium, the club have been getting further and further in Europe. In 2003, they were eliminated from the Champions League by Arsenal across two legs of the First Knockout Round. The Gunners won 5-2 on aggregate, celebrating a 2-0 win at home following a narrow 3-2 win in Spain.
Last season’s Europa League campaign saw the side beat Besiktas, Krasnodar and Genk on the way to a Semi-Final with Manchester United. They lost the first leg 1-0 to a Marcus Rashford free-kick, before drawing the second 1-1 – Marouane Fellaini seeing a goal cancelled out by Facundo Roncaglia.
Their 16/17 La Liga campaign wasn’t as successful, with the team dropping to 13th place, down from fifth the year before.
Among their best players are strike partners John Guidetti and Iago Aspas. Both names might be familiar to Brentford fans, Guidetti having been on the books of Manchester City and Aspas spending two years with Liverpool.
Juan Carlos Unzué heads up the delegation arriving at Griffin Park tomorrow, the former goalkeeper has been Manager for two months.
Spending most of his playing days between the sticks for Sevilla, he also got minutes in Barcelona, Osasuna and Tenerife. The 50-year-old also made appearances at various youth levels for Spain between 1985 and 1989.
As a coach, he continued his focus on goalkeeping and was appointed to Barca by Frank Rijkaard. Even when the Dutchman left in 2008, Juan Carlos retained his position under new boss Pep Guardiola. In 2012, he became Celta Vigo’s assistant boss to Luis Enrique. When Enrique moved back to Barcelona two years later, he brought Unzué with him. On 28 May 2017, Celta hired their old assistant as First Team Head Coach.
Match Tickets start from £10 for Adults and £1 for Juniors for our final friendly ahead of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season. Full details can be found here.
There will be live commentary on iFollow Brentford of tomorrow’s game, with Mark Burridge and Marcus Gayle, from 2.45pm.