Juve let heart rule the head


Were you impressed by how smartly Juventus opened last night, pressing Barcelona into conceding a corner?  It was an ambitious opening.  In the days after we beat Barcelona in 2012 one journalist took all sorts of abuse online for recoiling against the suggestion Celtic put on a ‘brave’ performance.

He conceded Celtic’s was a brilliant performance, but defending your 18 yard line was more sensible than brave.  What Juventus did last night, pressing Barcelona, leaving space at the back, was brave.  It was foolish too.

Juventus are a remarkable team and have just completed one of the best seasons in their history.  They had a right to think they could have a go at Barcelona.  They came close too, for a while after they equalised Barca were penned back, but the game turned when Lionel Messi found 50 yards of space ahead of him.  You can’t leave Messi with that sort of freedom.

Three minutes into the game Juventus fans would have been encouraged, they had already forced Barca back and made an attempt at goal but the cost of all this expansionism was space in their own box.  Even this great Juventus team should have gone into yesterday’s game knowing their limitations.

If they played within them, were they good enough to sneak a win against Barcelona?  Quite possibly.

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  1. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas





    14:05 on



    7 June, 2015





    Gerryfaethebrig in the last thread, I like Gordon Strachan a lot, but as you say, he should have played Aiden in a more central position in the league games following the League Cup final.



    It may have helped us win the league that season.

  2. I enjoyed the game last night – I know nowt about fitba’ but the game was good and on both sides some great players.

  3. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Rubentus did play well last night and definitely missed Chiellini. They are a club I have no time for but credit where credit is due, they played well particularly after their equaliser.



    I know guys who were in Madrid for the Real game in 1980 and were given a lot of hassle and grief by Real’s fans.



    Some of them went to Turin the following season when we played Rubentus.



    They told me the treatment they got from Rube fans before, during and after the game was far worse than Madrid. One Celtic fan was slashed right down his back.



    I wish my contempt for Rubentus could stop but they are a club which is very hard to like due to their dodgy history.

  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    dallas dallas where the heck is dallas



    14:13 on 7 June, 2015



    I loved wee Strachan and he got us, but like yourself I don’t understand why he never utilised wee McGeady when it worked so well in such an important game, sometimes think Aiden stuck out on the wing is a total waste (like today)

  5. Living Below The Line 2015!



    Hi Ghuys & Ghirls.



    Starting Monday – my Daughter Janice will be Living on £1 per day for the next 5 days to raise awareness of Child Malnutrition throughout the World.



    This will be her 2nd year taking part – she raised close to £1K last year. If you would like to make a small donation you can do so at:






    I appreciate that CQNers are asked to support many Charities – any little amount given would be most helpful for a worthy cause.




  6. Every manager that has had McGeady has played him on a wing rather than in the middle, they can’t all be wrong.



    McGeady never smiles when he plays these days, I’d have him back but he’s got to start looking like he enjoys playing football. Hate footballers that are miserable gits.

  7. Look at the Irish National stadium, look at Wembley, look at Welsh National stadium, and then look at Hampden – ’nuff said’



    Hampden is typical of the ‘haun knitted’, parochial and boring outlook that is now being forced upon us by the Nationalist tuechters and their new converts, some of our kind among them.



    I detest being identified as Scottish alongside such as those Fran & Anna lookalikes, the so-called.Tartan Army, and Westminster MPs like Robertson, Salmond, Wishart and Black the Chav.



    When did Celtic supporters suddenly become lovers of all things Scottish?



    In the past we knew that we were stigmatised and discrimined against in this bitter little country – so what’s changed?

  8. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Someone mentioned Aidan being a crabbit Bhoy bit we have mr pastry



    At least Aidan was original and entertaining

  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Nothing changed hand of god


    Still a boring 0 0

  10. ExSlaemuirBhoy on

    anyone know who’s been released by the deadybears ? just wondering if all the ones who’s contracts are up were released, if so they canny hiv many players

  11. Gerryfaethebrig on




    Aiden will start smiling when he is back at Celtic park



    mr pastry



    It’s called the Aviva



    By the way we were interested in James Vardy when he plied his trade in the conference, please don’t start any Reg Vardy jokes

  12. antipodean red on

    Mr Pastry,



    I now live in another country but I can’t see what the SNP has got to do with the state of Hampden, you are one seriously deluded dude :-)




  13. The hand of God on

    Mr Pastry i agree with your asesment of Hamden.it is truly awful.The international matches held at Celtic park recently provided a far better atmosphere.However I don’t see why anyone should feel down about being Scottish or any other nationality due to a few individuals.

  14. Gerryfaethebrig on




    14:36 on 7 June, 2015



    Would be a shorter list naming who are still there….


    Lee Wallace and hopefully Cammy Bell

  15. leftclicktic on

    blantyretim is praying for the Knox family


    from last article


    “Mini has to vet any purchases”




    Never mind your clobber



    My two even changed my phone


    “not suitable” they said


    For what says I


    Pffffffffft and rolled eyes was the response :)))))))))))))))))))))).


    I am my own man CSC when they’re ooooooooot

  16. blantyretim.



    I tried to phone you a couple of hours ago,I’ll give you a call shortly if you aren’t going out.

  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on




    I have minis old phone as I was due an upgrade, needless to say hers was so last year. 8))

  18. ExSlaemuirBhoy on






    14:38 on



    7 June, 2015



    I don’t think they will be signing any Engurland internationls this year somehow, just a wee hunch mind te he



    13:12 on


    7 June, 2015





    Dunno which away strip is worse,91-92 or 94-95.







    Tut tut Boaby…there are no bad Celtic away strips…..only wans worser than another.



    makeofthatwhatyouwill c.s.c

  20. South Of Tunis on




    Viviani ?



    Still being linked with Palermo / Sampdoria / Lazio .



    He is in Italy’ s Squad for the UEFA Under 21 tournament .Hosts are the Czech Republic .Starts 17 / 6..Will be on BT Sport.

  21. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Gerryfaethebrig, Reg Vardy in Paisley, the worst car dealership we had the misfortune to deal with. I thought their car sales lot were awful but their service departmant were even worse. The staff had surnames as first names, Simpson Brown, Murray Hanley were two I remember.



    Even bigger chancers than your usual car delaerships.

  22. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    South of Tunis, I assume both you and the Inter mad old codger down the valley would have been very pleased with last night’s result.



    It was a good game, one of the better champions league finals, in the last twenty years



    It was good to Xavi ending his Barca career with three winners medals this season. One of the greatest on and off the pitch.

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