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. sixtaeseven - Gardez la Foi on

    BREAKING NEWS (smsm):



    Luis Enrique casts Barcelona future into doubt after win over Juventus.



    He has yet to be approached about Rangers job.

  2. Bradley Wiggins tonight – ‘”That’s the closest I have ever come to what it’s like to a have a baby,”



    I more or less subscribe to the line in ‘Men Behaving Badly’ – ‘Look at the fuss women make of childbirth. Now, granted, it might sting a bit’.



    (Mrs PTB is about 10 km away as we speak…..)

  3. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    There is a tweet on Etims twitter from Barcabhoy who unfortunately rarely posts on here now.



    His tweet said Catalan tv mentioned Celtic as the first club to win the treble of national cup, league and European Cup in one season.



    That clown Tyldsley can’t even mention our name when talking about previous winners of the European Cup from these shores.

  4. Re nothing at all ….



    Saw Massimo Donatti in Gordon Street last week.



    Is he a regular visitor to the city or what?



    I really liked him as a player tbh.




  5. Gordon Dalziel, briefly, managed Auchinleck Talbot.



    Must have felt right at home there.




  6. WIT’s



    Apologies, the Football Association Premier League, to give it it’s official title, though normally referred to by the sponsors name.



    I.e. The Barclays Premier League.



    Hail Hail

  7. Gerryfaethebrig on

    dallas dallas where the heck is dallas



    Good chatting with you




    Gods night and God bless


    remember when you wake up the morra you will still be one of the good ghuys (or ghirls)

  8. Gerryfaethebrig on




    20:32 on 7 June, 2015



    My shift is over the baton is now passed


    Take care & Hail Hail

  9. justafan – Donati scored with his last ever touch for Celtic (against Arsenal in the 2nd leg 6 years ago).



    Good quiz question, I suppose.



    He’ll be remembered for the Shaktar winner, though he didn’t strike it cleanly and it seemed to take hours to get into the net.



    I think that was also poor old JFK’s last game for the Hoops. The much maligned Steven Pressley came on and (in my view) steadied the ship quite well.



    Funny how in 2005 when Hearts were riding high at the top of the league, they went on to sack George Burley. Their 3 senior players – Hartley, Pressley and Gordon – staged a protest. They all went on to play for Celtic.



    An equaliser from Jarosik (who did well in Europe but not the SPL) and then Donati’s winner.

  10. Garry. ..



    You need to spend more time with your good lady, a young newly wed like yourself has duties. Hail Hail. UTLR.

  11. Djokovic confirms no asbestox contact..


    .and has distanced himself from the three year old club



    ..(which is surprising as he does like a good racket.)

  12. clogher celt on




    I don’t think so Sevco are too big for Luis. He wouldn’t be able to manage such a massive club.

  13. Dallas




    Was that 3-3 game the one where it was 3-2 to thems after only 25 mins.?


    Can mind it being absolute bedlam in the jungle.Did Murdo equalise in the second half?

  14. The Quiet Man on

    Mild mannered Pedro Delgado, Mrs QM and I loved Ad Lib and were regular visitors in our student days. Mrs QM especially loved the fudge pancakes which were only available from Ad Lib and we still talk about them all these yrs later. We have never had better – ever.


    So….it would be a public service if you could share the recipe……just asking like….please : )

  15. skyisalandfill on

    Might have missed earlier chat but did anyone watch the France v Morocco Toulon cup final earlier. Under 20s I think. Good game with a couple of the Moroccans pretty impressive. Enifati who scored an early wonder goal. France won 3-1 in the end, despite being down to ten men.


    I would like to think Celtic had a scouting presence at this tourno.

  16. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Judester, what was Rangers were 3 2 up at half time. Murdo did indeed get our equaliser in the second hald. The ball fell to him about twelve yards out. He belted it in off the junction of the post and bar.



    Two months earlier we had one of our easiest ever wins against them, 2 nil. It was the ‘unofficial opening’ of the Govan Stand. Tom McAdam and Murdo got our goals. ,



    Up until Souness arrived, we used to get half the main stand, half the enclosure, the Celtic End and about a quarter of the Govan Stand.

  17. Gerryfaethebrig on




    20:42 on 7 June, 2015



    Garry/Gerry what is an E between friends !


    It’s too blinking sunny to sleep, newlyweds ? Been together for 10yrs could have applied for parole by now if I was in the big hoose (not the Mike Ashley one)


    Peterhebeat 20.36


    I think they have all went onto captain Celtic (& win medals)

  18. FAC meeting.



    On Wednesday 10th June FAC are hosting an open meeting in St Anne’s primary school at the corner of Crownpoint Rd and Fielden St beginning at 7pm.



    Please if you can make the effort to support your fellow football fans.




  19. Gerryfaethebrig on

    clogher celt



    20:48 on 7 June, 2015



    I don’t think so Sevco are too big for Louie….


    Aye, Louie Spence !

  20. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Gerryfaethebrig, thanks.



    Enjoy your last week of freedom before starting your new job.

  21. Gerryfaethebrig on

    dallas dallas where the heck is dallas



    21:18 on 7 June, 2015





    feel like I am starting school again


    Defo hitting ma kip now


    Take care & God bless

  22. Dallas




    Started getting really active with following the Hoops when a was about 14.The away games,travelling on supporters buses and it was round about that time.Mind being in that stadium when those sections you mention were ours.That stadium is now in the memory banks cos until I draw my last breath,I will never be in it again.



  23. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Jason Denayer started for Belgium against France tonight.




    High scoring game so far going by web reports.

  24. Hamiltontim: I know the AICSC are part of the FAC campaign but if you are still looking for signatures their annual dinner at the end of June might be a good occasion to get some more, if it’s not too late. I’ll be attending so I can see if I can organise something if it hasn’t been done already.

  25. WeefratheTim on

    Good evening all.



    Just in to say nytol. Feeling a wee bit intimidated for some reason. Byeeeeee.



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  26. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Judester, I normally was only allowed to go to home games, depending if my dad was working on a Saturday or not.



    I was 13 when I was allowed to go to away games. My parish priest at the time was a huge Celtic man and would take myself and some other parishioners to games at Celtic Park or Dens Park, Tynecastle etc in Kenny Dalglish’s last season with us.



    The last time I was at Ibrox for a game against them was the 5 1 game in 1988. I am still traumatised by that game.

  27. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Weefra, hopefully your recovery from your operation is going well.

  28. almore



    Good on ye. I’ll email you a paper copy of the petition and you can print off as many copies as you need. I do think they’ll need to be as soon as you can though mate.

  29. Good to see Ronny is looking at emerging talent from the aul’ country.



    Norway have produced some players over the years.



    Now what is an emerging talent in old money is that a prospect or a project?-)