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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. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    South of Tunis, thanks for the reply.

     

     

    Mihajlovic was a dreadful defender, just booted people who got by him. He was as bad a defender as that LeBeouf who was at Chelsea and the big Potugese guy, Fernando Couto?, who was at Parma and Lazio. I think if he was at Lazio he would have played with Mihajlovic.

     

     

    Apart from having a good left foot, I could never see anything that allowed him a career as a professional footballer. Slow, arrogant, one footed, bad positional sense , bad attitude, the list could go on.

  2. Gerryfaethebrig on

    mild mannered pedro delgado

     

     

    His intercession is sought for children, unborn children, women in childbirth, mothers, expectant mothers & motherhood…

     

    Nothing about ‘young mothers, does it matter if a mother is young ?

     

    Hope that Wikipedia stuff tells the truth, I knew my mother was correct !

     

    Sipsini are we trying to get the lead lost in every page today ?

  3. South Of Tunis on

    Dallas Dallas .

     

     

    Couto was slow and clumsy .Played lots of times for Portugal. Won titles with Porto. Won things with Barcelona . Won Serie A with Lazio ( with Mihajlovic ) Won the Uefa Cup with Parma

  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    mild mannered pedro delgado

     

     

    17:49 on 7 June, 2015

     

     

    No bother it’s Wikipedia stuff, my word is what my mother told me, and being a very devout Catholic she couldn’t lie, unlike my good self who isn’t the best Catholic and could probably beat Jeremy Kyles lie detector

  5. My Cousin was saying to me .that she used to go out with Colin Jackson

     

    She said to me he asked her if she was Catholic. Mary said yes I am.he Colin said well I need to end our relationship. She being a young woman then.just got on with her life.she stays in America made a good life of it out there.that be 40 odd yrs ago

  6. Gerryfaethebrig on

    robcfc11

     

     

    17:35 on 7 Jun

     

     

    I know the Pat your are talking about, played fullback, my brothers were Thomas & Sean, think Fred Colon from here played against them, another great memory from Cqn11 when people meet people they wouldn’t usually meet

  7. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    South of Tunis, the way of football, not the best of players have won trophies but some far better players win nothing or very little.

     

     

    Its hard to believe Lubo had won hee haw prior to him playing for us. Lubo was one of Zidane’s footballing heroes when he was growing up.

     

     

    I had forgotten Couto was at Barcelona for a spell.

     

     

    Thanks for the update on what he won.

     

     

    Couto and Mihajlovic in the one team and they won the league, wow.

  8. tontine tim @19.14

     

     

    Are you seriously comparing what Juventus did to us at Celtic Park with that shower of rogues like Racing Club etc?

     

    I am at work just now and was having a quick look back but couldn’t let that comment pass.

  9. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Timbhoy2 at 17.58.

     

     

    A sad state of affairs at Ibrox that their players couldn’t even go out with a girl who was a Catholic.

     

     

    They had a player, Jim Denny, who married a Catholic and he said years later, he put that down as the reason why they let him go.

  10. I heard from my mate who worked with Colin Jackson for years about a month ago that he was very poorly and didn’t have long to go. I met Colin many times over the years. He was an absolute gentleman and we joked back and forth about the OF.

     

     

    He told me that when Murdo made it 4-2 in 1979 he went up to him at the end and said “Thanks for scoring.You’ll be on my Christmas card list for ever”.

     

     

    His son is a big Celtic fan BTW.

     

     

    RIP Colin. One of life’s gentleman.

  11. billy bhoy…

     

     

    You’ve just posted almost exactly what I was going to say…

     

     

    Big Colin… A gent and not a Hun.

     

     

    RIP

  12. channelislandcelt on

    Timbhoy2

     

    For some reason I didn’t mind Colin Jackson , quite sad to hear about his passing .

     

    He was looking after his job when dealing with your cousin -bigoted club he played for .

     

     

    HH

  13. Paul67 et al

     

     

    Sad to hear of the passing of Colin Jackson.

     

    RIP Big Colin

  14. Gerryfaethebrig on

    dallas dallas where the heck is dallas

     

     

    18:15 on 7 June, 2015

     

     

     

    I think they binned Gordon Daziel when he was their top goalscorer, don’t think big Jock Wallace was too,happy about the ceremony being in a chapel

     

    (I could be wrong but don’t think so)

  15. Funny how times move on, I said to my son, sad about Colin Jackson passing on, first thing he says is “jeez the Welsh hurdler.” Different times,

     

     

    Agree Colin was from the old school, when they were all mates, whatever the background.

  16. Paul67 et al

     

     

    Thought somebody was strangling a cat there…..

     

    Turns out it was the Canadian National Anthem!

  17. exslaemuirbhoy

     

     

    I’ve seen this a few times on Twitter but when you click on the link it’s a 3 years old story about a deid club being liquidated.

  18. 50 shades of green on

    Awrite troops just catching up from the weekends posts.

     

     

    I take it the underwater hun fest was a success, thats one I owe you big man.

     

     

     

    Did anyone do, as a song for the manky mobs delmontie festival.

     

     

    Bonny M’s .——-Brown Brouges in the rain? ?

  19. Gerry feathering

     

    Keeping the faith

     

     

    Many thanks for the kind words especially regarding Aidan who would have been 39 on 3July.Dreadful thing for any family , but what can you do ? Peshes me off when I see people getting uptight about trivial things in life. Aidan and Brendan are the cousins of Big Kev, pal of our Antipodean Red poster. A great nephew indeed.

     

    Gerry, you certainly knew where the net was, which was good for me as I was a poor loser at football. Still am, and hate when the Hoops lose.

     

    KTF…..still got a few pics of Phil Coles……only 3k limited edition…….or 3 p !

     

    HH

  20. ExSlaemuirBhoy on

    Hamiltontim

     

     

     

     

    19:06 on

     

     

    7 June, 2015

     

     

    Pity, Ronny has the beating of his teams but we wont need to worry about that for quite some time. Ayrshire facebookers saying he is the new manager

  21. Marrakesh Express on

    Colin Jackson showed up one night in the Castlemilk Labour Club for some charity do years ago. The club was 80% Tim. The guy was a total gentleman. RIP.

  22. I would like to congratulate Lanfranco ‘Frankie’ Dettori on winning the Derby yesterday at the age of 44.

     

     

    He has had some great rides in his career, but that was to be expected.

     

     

    He is Italian after all.

     

     

    HH!!

  23. dd

     

     

    Grazie!

     

     

    Hope you enjoyed yer day in Auld Reekie yesterday, but I hear there was a rather large rozzer contingent present.

     

     

    HH!!

  24. Not long in from the Ireland game. Poor match and given the opposition, poor atmosphere. My seat is in the singing section but there was little to sing about and second half was very quiet from both sets of fans. Booing of Sterling was for his contract stance, not the club team he plays for, from what I could gather.

     

     

    Let’s hope next Saturday’s match will be a more memorable occasion. COYBIG

  25. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Champions League Qualifiers Latest …

     

     

    So the final slot in the CL qualifying stages is taken by Poznan from Poland. They pipped Legia Warsaw who will play in the Europa League :-)

     

     

    Could play Poznan in theory in the Play Off matches – the only fixture played with both sets of fans with backs to the pitch !!

     

     

    We will find out 2 weeks tomorrow who our 2nd round opponents will be. As last year I would expect UEFA to regionalise that round so our possible opponents could be from Ireland, Wales, Iceland, Luxembourg, Andorra or Malta (Hi Zico !) depending on the results of the 3 first round matches.

     

     

    Also interesting that in the group stages, Pot 1 is now allocated to the winners of the 7 top rated leagues plus the CL winners. As Barca are already there, this means that the eighth rated (Holland) team makes up the pot.

     

     

    This means that Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Arsenal, Man City and Man Utd will all feature in Pot 2.

     

     

    I suppose we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it !!