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Juve let heart rule the head

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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. What is the Stars on

    Parkheadcumsalford

     

     

    It was a bad game,typical end of season friendly

     

     

    Scotland gonna be whopped next saturday

     

     

    Whopped

     

     

    And you know me I am never wrong

  2. glendalystonsils on

    ExSlaemuirBhoy

     

    14:36 on

     

    7 June, 2015

     

    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

     

     

    They never did hiv many players, jist a lot of dumplins in blue shirts.

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Worst moment in a dreadful game was when the sadistic fourth official told us we had another three minutes to endure.

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    LEFTCLICKTIC

     

     

    True. Apart from those two.

     

     

    Looked like someone had thrown up after too much beer,a kebab,and a curry.

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DALLASDALLAS

     

     

    My sister was assured,a few years back,that her purchase had only one previous owner. Turned out to be a rental company.

     

     

    Arnold Clark,btw.

  6. Gerryfaethebrig on

    dallas dallas where the heck is dallas

     

     

    14:48 on 7 June, 2015

     

     

    Surname as a first name, definite sign of a Sevconian, growing up I was a bit embarrassed about my middle name “Hugh Patrick” by all accounts my mother & father had agreed on Patrick but my dad and uncle Shug went to register the birth and after a few pints of light they decided to lob in Hugh, which my mother knew heehaw about… So Gerard Hugh Patrick was registered, how my father thought that would help me get a job in Ecosse is beyond me, but as I have learned it is now a badge of honour and the story of my dad and his brother getting blitzed and flinging in Hugh makes it even better

     

    They might not be here but they still are in my thoughts

  7. leftclicktic on

    BMCUW

     

    14:58

     

    Wisnae me :)))it was the smiling handsome bhoy from Rutherglen.

  8. What is the Stars

     

     

    Summer fitba? Give me a Tuesday night in December up in Dingwall any day of the week!

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    LEFTCLICKTIC

     

     

    Oops,apologies.

     

     

    VOGUEPUNTER

     

     

    Even a handsome cool dude like yourself would struggle wearing one of them!

  10. South Of Tunis on

    dallas dallas.

     

     

    I had two desires – a good game / the better team winning .I got what I wanted.

     

     

    The old codger wanted Rube to lose but didn’t want them ( and by extension Italian football) humiliated.He clapped when Rube scored – he loved Marchisio’s backheel.

  11. Keeping The Faith on

    Jesus wept Pastry/Ernie/jim murphy?? is now blaming the state of Hampden on the SNP!!?

     

     

    Gerry hows it going mate, hear you’re back working soon..good man well done.

     

    Hugh’s not so bad at all, BigShuggy of that name who posts on here is some man for the one man and you know him well.

  12. Gerryfaethebrig on

    what is the stars

     

     

    14:55 on 7 June, 2015

     

     

    You were correct when you said that Ronny dude wouldn’t win the treble

     

     

    Reading today about Ronny’s team playing at St Mirren Park was this Ronny or the big bad Peter Lawell’s decision ?

     

    Maybe Ronny is calling the shots after all and shock, horror maybe Peter is looking after our interests after all

  13. Gerryfaethebrig on

    keeping the faith

     

     

    15:09 on 7 June, 2015

     

     

    I know exactly who “big shuggy” is, read one of his posts a few months back and he mentioned his bhoy, well I played at Greenfields on the Saturday morning after he had passed and the minutes silence was something that will stay with me forever in a very good way, Mrs BigShuggy was talking to me at school on Friday it’s a small world !

  14. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Not sure I’d totally agree with that, Paul. I thought Juventus’ worst spell was when they sat deep in the period after Barcelona scored. Could easily have conceded a couple more.

     

    Thought Bonucci was excellent btw.

  15. these games that are going to be played in Paisley seems a waste of Lennoxtown. I take it these games are just a chance to get the players fit for the C L Qualifiers.I’m sure they could put up a couple of temporary stands at Lennoxtown and let the players train there and let the paying public get a chance to see their team in action. Celtic’s Lennoxtown must be the most secret training ground in the world, I’ve been through a couple of times and the gatemen wouldn’t let me in.

  16. Keeping The Faith on

    Aye thought you’d know that Gerry , If you ever get a chance to hear him singing one of his made up songs about old Coatbridge ..what a laugh,

     

    Now branching out into cartoons including one of Phil Coles back in the day.. Happy days

     

     

    Keep The Faith ✊

  17. Keeping The Faith on

    And God bless Aiden and all those faithful departed Bhoys who were taken too soon.

  18. GFTB

     

    14:37

     

    As Hooper wiz scoring goals galore for Hereford and Scunthorpe, Vardy was doing likewise for Fleetwood.We were indeed linked with him

     

    HH

  19. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Bobby Murdoch, we have bought one car each from Reg Vardy and Arnold Clark. We were in the same position as your sister, one previous owner for each car, both car hire companies.

     

     

    Car dealerships are held in the same low opinion by me as the two clubs that have played out of Ibrox.

  20. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Gerryfaethebrig, Gerard is a great name.

     

     

    I worked with a big Celtic fan called Gerry. We used to wind him up calling him Ger. He fell for it all the time.

  21. Keeping The Faith on

    Dallas..

     

    My sister in law is of the belief that every 2nd person in Coatbridge of a certain age is named Gerry.. We once ran a bus of 16 with half Gerry and half non Gerry.. And GFTB wasn’t even on it !

  22. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Keeping the faith, brilliant.

     

     

    Gerry Creaney was from Coatbridge I believe.

     

     

    Two of the Gerry’s I have worked with were Coatbridge also.

  23. oldtim67

     

    15:17 on

     

    7 June, 2015

     

    these games that are going to be played in Paisley seems a waste of Lennoxtown. I take it these games are just a chance to get the players fit for the C L Qualifiers.I’m sure they could put up a couple of temporary stands at Lennoxtown and let the players train there and let the paying public get a chance to see their team in action. Celtic’s Lennoxtown must be the most secret training ground in the world, I’ve been through a couple of times and the gatemen wouldn’t let me in.

     

     

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    i think its ok to take these games to saint mirren, it is the holiday season after all., and its an easy alternative.

     

     

    i do agree with you thought about lennoxtown, there should be some sort of public access, a cafe , a viewing platform, something to keep us involved.

     

     

    i think we miss some commecrcialism here.

  24. leftclicktic on

    Keeping The Faith

     

    And thats not including the Gerri,Jerri or Jerrys :)))))))

  25. need to build an access road first, thats the biggest issue.

     

     

    ohm and when they building the hotel and luxury homes on our free land.

     

     

    thats for huns looking in

     

     

    hahahahahhaha

  26. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    South of Tunis, the back heel was a great bit of technique and the Rube right back read it well.

     

     

    Rube have their best team for a good while. the Milan fans must be beelin Allegri couldn’t have done the same for them.

     

     

    I see Inzaghi is for the off this week.

  27. Anyone watching last night’s game on RTE probably would have heard Eamonn Dunphy who poses as one of our top pundits make a ludicrous statement that without Real Madrid and Barcelona La Liga would not rate as a top league. Barcelona are European champions for the umpteenth time and Seville have won yet another Europa and Seville would not be considered one of the top Spanish outfits. Where do they get these guys from.

  28. Keeping The Faith on

    Dallas yes Gerry Creaney is from the brig.. Sorted himself now and doing well, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me saying

     

     

    Left click tic .. You’re not kidding mate when my good friend Gerry married a Gerri it caused much hilarity with the sis in law !

     

    My bro is married to a Geraldine

  29. Gerryfaethebrig on

    dallas dallas where the heck is dallas

     

     

    15:29 on 7 June, 2015

     

     

    My mother explained to me why I was called Gerard, she had a few miscarriages back in the day and was in her 40s in 1970 so probably thought the worst when I was conceived, she prayed every day to St Gerard of Majella, I still think she should have prayed to St Jude for this hopeless case

     

    Keeping The Faith, far too many Gerrys in the GH, could get you hung at times if somebody gets a Gerry mixed up

  30. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Hankray, what I have seen and read about Dunphy, he is an EPL greatest league in the world devotee.

     

     

    Athletic Bilbao dismantled Man United, home and away, a few tears ago.

  31. leftclicktic on

    Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas

     

     

     

    15:29 on 7 June, 2015

     

     

     

     

     

    I worked with a big Celtic fan called Gerry. We used to wind him up calling him Ger. He fell for it all the time.

     

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    I used to drink in the same shop as a big fat bigot called wilLIAM

     

    I used to refer to him as big LIAM,

     

    sent him aff his nut EVERY single time:)))

     

    till later all

     

    Dinner duties

  32. Citibhoy Shoulder to Shoulder with Neil Lennon on

    OneDayinSummer

     

     

    Jus a quick up date – the rain has decided to take a break this afternoon, so John and Mark have just set off from Bridge of Orchy where they were marooned last night.

     

    30 mile jog to the finish in Fort William!!!

     

     

    https://www.givey.com/onedayinsummer

  33. Gerryfaethebrig on

    judester

     

     

    15:22 on 7 June, 2015

     

     

    Just saw your post, Hooper & Vardy up front, although I like our Leigh (tea cake) Griffiths

  34. I thought the ROI looked very solid against an England side that had all their top players in action. Methinks Scotland could be in for a helluva test next weekend. Looking forward to the Scott Brown – Glenn Whelan confrontation.. Sparks will fly. Aiden played well to-day.

  35. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Dallas Dallas 15:43

     

    It’s quite ironic. Didn’t Pirlo leave Milan because Allegri was playing him in left mid? Then Allegri gets the boot.

     

    Now both are thriving at Juve….

  36. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Gerry, a sound reason for you being called Gerard.

  37. Keeping The Faith on

    I walked through George Square today and it was glorious .. People sunbathing there.

     

     

    Read that and weep Dobs :-)

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