Celta Vigo’s young, talented squad are a year older and a year further on in their development. Playing in Champions League football will only help in their progression. Alejandro Hurtado really has assembled a very strong squad and will be hoping to push on over the 2035/36 season.
The following post will take a look at the 2035/36 season as Celta Vigo make their return to the Champions League. How will they fare against the top teams of Europe? And can Hurtado manage his side to another top four finish?
Let’s take a look at the latest season in VivaGlobetrotting. If you have missed any previous posts or want to catch up then follow the link below. You can find all previous posts in the series linked chronologically.
Celta Vigo 2035/36
One name stands out from the rest. Henrique Canha.
After receiving an initial offer of £37M (rising to £49M) from Atletico Madrid, Alejandro Hurtado was able to negotiate the fee up to the figure just short of £100M. Very impressive skills shown from the Chilean manager.
This huge fee, along with other smaller fees, has allowed Hurtado to invest heavily in his squad for the coming season. Let’s take a look at the four men he has brought into the club.
Hurtado bought in three players in the summer and strenghthened the squad with another addition in January.
Boris Poldrugac came in on a free from Manchester City. The Croatian left-back comes in as our first natural left-back since
After receiving the huge transfer fee from Atletico Madrid, Hurtado went out and bought in two high potential players to play in the first team. Josep Manel was signed from Barcelona for £30M. He is a Spanish attacking midfielder who comes in as a direct replacement for outgoing Canha.
The star signing of the window was striker Junior Makengo. He joins from Lyon for £32M (which could rise to £42M). Alongside Hugo Santiago and Michael Reynders he will lead the line for Vigo and will be looking to help his side improve again this year.
In January Hurtado bought central midfielder Robert Ivekovic in to improve the quality of the three central players. The Croatian international joins from Dinamo for just over £16M.
La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League
La Liga – Brilliant start to the year
Celta Vigo have begun the 35/36 season incredibly well, losing just two matches in their first 17. At this stage Vigo sat 2nd in La Liga.
Champions League – Group Stages
After being drawn in a group with both Olympique Lyon and Bayern Munich, Celta Vigo could easily have struggled to qualify for the knockout rounds. Indeed, with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar involved it could also be tricky to finish in 3rd.
Despite this, Vigo managed to top the group. We won all three of our home matches. This was crucial to our progression.
A terrific start to Alejandro Hurtado’s Champions League career.
La Liga – The usual inconsistent period
As usual, Vigo have suffered their inconsistent patch, losing 5 league matches in 12. This has seen them drop to 6th in La Liga; Hurtado will be hoping for a big improvement in his sides fortunes.
Copa del Rey – Reaching the final!
Celta Vigo have gone one stage further than they did in Alejandro Hurtado’s first season in charge. They beat Real Madrid 4-2 over two legs in the Semi Final to reach the final.
Vigo will meet Zaragoza in the final as they look to win their first piece of silverware under Hurtado.
Champions League – The Knockouts
Champions League quarter finalists. Doesn’t sound too bad does it? Especially considering the state of the club that Hurtado came to.
La Liga – Fighting for 4th
In the league we are battling for our place in the Champions League. After this years performance it would be a huge step backwards should we not qualify.
A record finish under Hurtado as Celta Vigo finish in 3rd place in La Liga. Back in the Champions League next year!
Copa del Rey – The final
And we are Copa del Rey CHAMPIONS. We narrowly beat Zaragoza to win our first trophy under Alejandro Hurtado.
A review of our fifth season in Vigo
It’s safe to say that we have taken another step forward with this Vigo side. And Hurtado himself has proven once again how good a manager he has become. His impressive dealings in the transfer market and his tactical astuteness have shone this season. As has his drive to succeed.
The Copa del Rey is his first trophy since 2028 (the Brimstone Cup is one of the MLS rivalry cups and so is not really considered an honour).
Looking at this screenshot really does show the journey that our manager has been on. And it is a journey that is potentially coming to an end.
Coming soon will be a three year plan to win the Champions League with Celta Vigo. After that, who knows what the future holds for family-man Hurtado.
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