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. theglasgowcelticway on

    Didn’t renew last years seat thought the view was restricted for the price paid.Decided to buy the new one via Celtic’s website.Bought it yesterday but I’m a bit surprised I haven’t received any confirmation email. Anyone know if this is the norm? because every time I’ve dealt with Celtic there’s problems.

  2. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Diokovic smashes his racket and trips over his big petted lip!!

  3. What is the Stars on




    Dunphys not the worst and the RTE panel and generally well informed and interesting and not necessarily EPL sycophants



    However I was bemused by his Spanish League comments

  4. South Of Tunis on

    Dallas Dallas.



    If the media are to be believed Inzaghi has been sacked. It has been claimed that his replacement would be Sinisa Mihajlovic but that might not happen now in consequence of Berlusconi selling 48 % of AC Milan to a guy from Thailand called Mr Bee who is adamant that he doesnt want Mihajlovic . Par for the course at the AC Milan circus.

  5. gerryfaethebrig



    15:01 on 7 June, 2015…



    Atleast your da spelt yours right…kearin Healy!… He blamed the drink…:)

  6. What is the Stars………… in fairness to Dunphy he has a high regard for Celtic and the financial constraints the club operates under and yet can compete against some of the best sides in Europe.

  7. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Leftclicktic, you bad man you.



    I worked with a real bigot, sectarian and racist. There was a nursery in the work. One of the children had the same surname as him. The child had a Celtic bag at his peg.



    I let the bigot know this and his face was a picture of beeliness.

  8. What is the Stars on




    I agree,they appreciate the financial reality of Celtics world



    After we beat Barcelona a couple of years back,it was put to Giles that “this is a great night for Scottish Football” his reply was “Its a great night for Celtic”

  9. GFTB,




    Seem to remember some MSM muppet, linking Vardy to the huns, as they lay staring death in the face.They never learn.

  10. Gerryfaethebrig on







    There is good chance it was the registrar who took care of the spelling, I can still see my mothers glare when she told the story

  11. borgo67





    11:51 on



    7 June, 2015








    Also think we should get over ourselves as far as Juventus are concerned .



    *why, still not over racing club, a madrid, r vienna or even the deid team.

  12. when I left school there was a hud carrier on the site fae Rhu called Tim. First thing he said when being introduced, “my name is Tim and I’m no one”.






    13:12 on



    7 June, 2015








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



    *no such thing as a bad Celtic strip, just some are better than others.

  14. Gerryfaethebrig on




    16:12 on 7 June, 2015



    Reg Vardy would probably not even want associated with that mob !



    Journalism is a thing of the past, the shock jocks (Shug Keevins) can’t even shock these days, there are far better writers on here Paul67, James F and many others, Jabba Trainor summed journalism up with his “come and get me Rangers” last article for the Record, it was pretty stomach churning…. Although probably made for each other (by the way they were Rangers then)

  15. gerryfaethebrig…



    It was actually meant to be my first name but my da thought it would be a hindrance when applying for jobs.



    My Ma went off her head with my da when she found out. Still, looking back my da was probably right, it was hard enough getting an apprenticeship in Barr&Strouds just being a catholic :((

  16. theglasgowcelticway on

    Just read of the passing of former Rangers player Colin Jackson.Sad news.

  17. Gerryfaethebrig on

    tontine tim



    16:14 on 7 June, 2015



    Don’t add me into that, I don’t mind Juve, loved Liam Brady (the player) and Boniek was magic, I read South of Tunis and love the insight to Italian football but for me I don’t dislike any foreign team…. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t like Juve when Amoruso was diving for a penalty but that was because they were playing Celtic, the 4-3 game at Celtic Park was amazing

  18. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Glasstwothirdsfull, I can’t remeber the exact reason Pirlo left Milan but probably one of the biggest maistakes they have ever made.



    As South of Tunis mentioned, Milan are a bit of a joke now with all the nosnsense Berlusconi got up to.

  19. Keeping The Faith on

    Must admit in relation to Juve. They were always my team of choice in those great days of football Italia , totally cemented when Del Piero and co hammered the cheating Huns (rip)



    I even was secretly happy to see him score that free kick at Paradise in that amazing CL game .. Shh

  20. Gerryfaethebrig on




    16:23 on 7 June, 2015



    Barr&Strouds j



    They had some fitba park, played with Coatbridge CC as a young bhoy and always remember Barr & Strouds had a bowling green of a fitba park, by the way Jamie & Alan Durrant played in our team, 2 of the nicest guys you could meet, thankfully never met the Iain one

  21. antipodean red on




    You must know my good friend, Big Kev fae the brig, formerly of the ‘Erin go Bragh” before he headed out to Oz, related to Bigshuggy?




  22. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    South of Tunis, Mihailovic was one of these players who for some reason was praised for his ability.



    He was a dreadful defender and would have been ideal as a kicker in American football. He took good free kicks and corners.



    His applauding the Lazio fans when they unfurled a banner in honour of dead Serbian warlord, Arkan, was not praised all round.



    I’m sure he was involved in an unsavoury comment incident with Clarence Seedhorf.


    Before I head off,












    Two birthdays in one weekend,you’ll be catching up on me shortly…

  24. Keeping The Faith on

    Antipodean Red .. I’ll tell Mrs O you were asking after her Bhoy next time I’m in St Patricks tearoom :-)





    Sad news indeed. One of the more likeable types to don their jersey.



    (Also scored my favourite goal,btw)

  26. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Tontine Tim, when I was growing , there was a bluenose lived four closes along called Leslie Docherty. His nickname was Tic, short for tic tok doc.



    He hated us calling him Tic as he thought it was to do with Celtic.

  27. antipodean red on

    Keeping The Faith,



    Good Mhan, I’ve met Mr O a couple of times but never Mrs O, Kev is a top Celtic Mhan!




  28. thetimreaper on

    Think we are kidding ourselves by rolling out the tactical masterclass every time Barca beat another team. The team of now are far better than the team of 2012 and would absolutely destroy us. Just as the Barca from 2009 would also have done. Allegri knew it was not possible to put 10 men behind the ball and defend for 90 minutes as Barca would have got through anyway.

  29. Gerry.. I played for Barr and Stroud for several years in the early 90’s. Always tough games in the Caley league at that time. Very few bad teams.

  30. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Gerryfaethebrig, I know someone who went to Bellahouston Academy and Iain Durrant was in his year.



    He told me was pronounced as in currant bun(how apt) and not Due-rrant as he became once he joined the defunct club.

  31. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of Colin Jackson.


    I met him once, was pleasant despite my ribbing.

  32. Gerryfaethebrig on




    16:37 on 7 June, 2015



    Cracking parks in that league, loved Milngavie Wanderers park in the middle of the woods, growing up playing on red ash and sometimes black ash up in Springburn or the back end of Blackhill the parks in the Caley league were magic

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