The breezy self-confidence after Tuesday’s draw with Midtjylland has been replaced by a more familiar disposition for most of us. The one rule of thumb for preseason games is ‘preseason games do not matter’, but still, shipping six goals to a side who have played less football than us, at home, is a strong indication of the enormity of the task ahead.
You can be sure the side that faced West Ham will be nothing like the team that competes beyond the transfer window, the major worry is what to do between now and then, particularly on Wednesday in Denmark.
If only Ange Postecoglou was able to genuinely ponder this issue. He has little choice but to try to create a silk purse from the players he used and who are still available after the first leg. It would be a remarkable achievement.
Midtjylland won away at AaB on Saturday, the confidence boost they hoped for ahead of Celtic.